Home Plate Update December 2018 - Page 8

A LOOK BACK: ONE YEAR AFTER THE GROUNDBREAKING OF GLOBE LIFE FIELD In September 2017, Rangers representatives joined the City of Arlington and MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred to break ground on the future home of the Texas Rangers. In the 12 months since the groundbreaking, the site has been transformed from a parking lot into the shell of the future home of the Texas Rangers. The 365 days of progress on the 1.7 million square foot project started with 97,000 trucks removing 1.3 million cubic yards of dirt. Reaching 50 feet below street level took six months of construction, one of the longest steps on the project to date. “The first six months after breaking ground was really spent doing foundation work and getting rid of the dirt,” said Jack Hill, Rangers' senior vice president of project development. “You can see a 8 tremendous amount of progress has been made really in six to seven months, considering we didn’t really get started until the dirt was out of here.” Click here to watch a time-lapse video of construction on Globe Life Field. The foundation work involved drilling 780 piers into the ground to construct the building foundation. The March construction of concrete columns was the next major milestone, followed by the installation of the first steel beam in June. As of September, just three months after the first piece of steel was erected, work on the 16,000 tons of structural steel for the seating bowl is 50 percent complete. “Tremendous progress has been made with not only the steel, but the concrete,” Hill added. “They’ve put most of the mid-level bowl in, and now we’re focusing on pouring the concrete for the steel decks.” The seating bowl became a recognizable ballpark as soon as the pre-cast treads and risers were installed in late summer. An estimated 75,000 cubic yards of concrete have already been poured on the site, with about 50,000 cubic yards remaining. As the shell of the ballpark has started to take shape above ground, key work is also happening below street view, on both the lower concourse and service areas of the ballpark. “There’s a lot of functions for the stadium to operate that take place in the tunnel, so we’re focusing a lot of our attention putting up block walls, running duct work, and installing electrical and plumbing services that will service the building,” Hill said.