Jason Zillo took the beat writers on a tour of the new Stadium today. It was the first time I have been there since February and obviously they’ve come a long way.
Bradd Crowley of HOK showed us around the site and pointed out some of the features.
It’s an impressive place. The scope of the building is what you notice first. There is more than twice as much room as there was at the old Stadium in terms of the concourses. The seats are a little further away from the field but they’re not as steep as the old park. The area closer to the field is wider if that makes sense.
They asked us not to take photos inside the clubhouse for some reason. It’s pretty amazing. There are 32 lockers for the players with four of them wide enough to split into two for when the rosters expand. Everybody on the staff has their own office. And I mean everybody. There is a locker room and office for the coaches. The manager, team doctor, traveling secretary, clubhouse manager and trainers all have their own offices. The trainers room is literally three times larger than what they have now and that doesn’t include a huge room where there are two pools.
Not hot tubs, pools. This is what they have, the Swim Ex. It’s a therapy pool that will have a treadmill on the bottom so you can run without putting stress on your joints.
The players also have a huge lounge and a bathroom that looks big enough for a football team.
The press box is great, too. Lots of space, stairs that go right down to the clubhouse level, etc. It’s a huge step up from what we have now. We even get our own lockers to store stuff.
The area around the dugout has two full-sized batting cages and a room with video. It’s a few steps from the field.
We didn’t get a chance to walk the concourses because of the construction. But the process of leaving your seat to go to the concession stands will be a lot easier and faster.
It’s what you would expect, a great place to see a game. Bradd was wearing a button that said Feb. 17, 2009. That’s the day they expect the building to be “substantially complete.”
There are a dozen photos posted below this, so have a look around.