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.
No part of the downtown ballpark will more personally impact fan experience than the thousands of hunter greenchair-back seats which are now being installed.
On Sunday, March 2,2014, Brent and Jill Michener, the Chihuahuas’ first season ticketholders, and Shae Vierra, winner of the name-the-team contest became the very first fans to sit in the seats as they were being installed.
“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.”
Construction crews continue working to have the ballpark ready for an April 28 opening day. When the facility is completed, the City of El Paso will own the 7,500-seat 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.