Home Plate Update June 2018 - Page 12

FIRST STRUCTURAL STEEL COLUMN INSTALLED T he Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington celebrated the installation of the first structural steel column for the future $1.1 billion, retractable roof Globe Life Park. Texas Rangers outfielders Nomar Mazara and Shin Soo Choo took turns helping to bolt the 48-foot-tall, 9,200-pound column in place during a media event Friday, June 15, 2018, at the ballpark construction site. “This is not a baseball bat,” a construction worker said jokingly as he handed Choo a hefty wrench for the job. Over the next eight months, Manhattan Construction Company will make more than 9,700 “picks,” which refers 12 Nomar Mazara and Shin Soo Choo took turns helping to bolt the 48-foot- tall, 9,200-pound column in place. Photo Credit: Texas Rangers to the number of times cranes will pick up structural steel columns and beams to build the seating bowl. This number does not include the amount of structural steel that will be used to build the retractable roof for the ballpark, which opens in 2020. In all, Globe Life Field will include about 35,000 tons of steel. “It’s a labor-intensive process. It’s piece-by-piece construction,” said Rob Matwick, Texas Rangers executive vice president of business operations. “There are some days when it seems like it’s going to take forever but I know the next couple years will go very, very fast.”