CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - AUGUST
Contractors have begun working on the foundation of the eastern entrance which will welcome thousands of patrons to El Paso’s new downtown ballpark; The area will include ticket booths and an adjacent plaza built above the existing railroad tracks which travel through downtown.
“This is really envisioned as a front porch which will welcome El Pasoans to their new ballpark,” said city project manager Alan Shubert, P.E. “This eastern entrance will allow spectators to access the ballpark from the Santa Fe Street side which creates connectivity between the ballpark and other downtown amenities.”
According to city estimates, more than 4,000 surface and structured parking places exist within a five minute walk of the ballpark site – many of them are south and east of the ballpark. Additionally, crews are constructing a station on nearby Franklin Avenue which will serve Sun Metro’s new Brio rapid transit system. The eastern entrance will give people an easy way to get from their parking spots or mass transit to the ballpark.
Crews are beginning work on the concourse level of El Paso’s new downtown Triple-A ballpark. When the ballpark is completed, the concourse will give patrons access to concession stands, restrooms, and field level seating.
• 16,000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured during the construction of the concourse level of the downtown ballpark. This is the first aerial concrete work associated with construction of the project.
• The concourse level will provide patrons the chance to experience the ballpark from every angle. It will be designed to allow patrons to walk all the way around the ballpark.
• The concourse level will provide 46,000 square feet of floor space to accommodate ballpark patrons. When the ballpark is completed, the concourse will give patrons access to concession stands, restrooms, and field-level seating.
• Other seating levels will be completed in the coming months. When the ballpark is completed it will feature three levels of seating and accommodations for spectators.
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.