Reser Stadium Construction Update

July 30, 2004

The first of the tower cranes has been built and will begin assisting with the project within a few days. The highest point of the crane is approximately 260 feet with the ability to lift loads 230 feet in the air if necessary. Initially, the crane will be used to help erect the walls for the first two towers of the stadium. The first tower will house a stairwell and the second will have two elevators. All four tower foundations have been completed. More than 1,600 yards of concrete was poured for the foundations for the towers and the two cranes.

The second tower crane base was installed with the third and fourth tower foundations. The remainder of the second crane will be installed in early October. The second tower crane will be shorter than the first to allow the two cranes to pass over or under one another when both are being used.

Several other footings are being poured in the area directly behind the remaining bleachers on the east side. These will be covered and temporary bleachers will be installed until the end of the season. After the season, the temporary bleachers will be taken out and the footings uncovered to allow the project to progress immediately following the season. Construction of the temporary bleachers will begin in early August and will be completed several weeks prior to the home opener Sept. 18.

The Jumbotron was successfully relocated last week and the internal components have been adjusted and cleaned. They will be reinstalled and tested within the next few weeks.Utility work continues in the streets and parking lots surrounding the stadium. New water, sewer, telephone, data, and storm lines are being installed to allow for the amenities the new stadium will offer. After the new conduits are installed the asphalt will be repaved allowing for normal parking and traffic flow during the season.

As always, 26th Street between Western Blvd. and Washington Way will be closed on game day. Ralph Miller Drive will be closed on Fridays before the games and gameday, to allow the athletic department to set up temporary gates and access to the stadium. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early for the games to ensure you get to your seats by kickoff.

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