It’s not long until the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd will replace the sounds of pile drivers and bulldozers at the site of El Paso’s new first-class Downtown Ballpark. While home plate is in site, we’ve got to round all the bases first – meaning several more months of construction. The following provides a general update on current project activities.
EL PASO – El Pasoans will have their choice from among more than 7,500 seats when El Paso’s
new downtown ballpark opens in Spring 2014. And for the very first time, the terraced seating area
of the concourse level is beginning to take shape along the third-base line.
“Construction crews have been busy installing the steel structures which will support the
concourse level seating,” said Alan Shubert, P.E., project manager for the City of El Paso.
But, these seats won’t be back-breaking, metal bleachers.
“The seats being installed are the same ones which have been installed in three of the last four
Major League ballparks built around the country,” said Brad Taylor, General Manager of the El
Paso Chihuahuas. “We will have comfortable chair-back seats in all parts of the ballpark – suites, club level, and concourse level.”
When construction is complete, the City of El Paso will own the state-of-the-art downtown ballpark which will be the home of the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres baseball team.
WHO'S WORKING ON THE BALLPARK?
For a complete list of bidders and those selected to work on components of the downtown ballpark project, please click here.
As with many major public works projects in El Paso, this project is being overseen by the city’s Engineering and Construction Management Department. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates on the Downtown Ballpark as well as other key projects citywide.