Structural repairs at Chase Field move forward without a hitch

October 19, 2016

Next season’s ticket holders and spectators seated in sections 107 through 111 might be surprised by to know there’s something new going on beneath their feet. Although not much will change on the surface, it’s the work beneath the surface that matters most.

As Construction Manager at Risk, Jokake Construction is completing much-needed concrete and structural repairs under approximately 3,000 seats in sections 107 through 111. Once the seats were manually detached from the panel, a crane was used to remove six concrete panels to a staging area under the 7th Street Bridge for repair.  Each panel can weigh as much as 30,000 lbs and is the base for 80-120 seats. The remaining concrete panels will be repaired in place.

Did you know the seating areas and concourses at Chase Field are pressure washed after every event? Over the years pressure washing has caused minor deterioration, resulting in the need for structural repairs to columns, beams, structural support columns, foundations and retaining walls. New concrete and stainless steel will ensure there is no deterioration.

The ballpark is a prominent feature of the downtown skyline and a huge part of Arizona’s sports culture. Feeding on the ballpark’s energy, Safety Director Dave Alben stated “It’s always exciting working at Chase Field.”

Project Manager Michael Yates agreed. “It’s not every day that you get to work with the Diamondbacks.” Yates, who recently celebrated five years with Jokake, has a passion for solving problems and overcoming challenges in the field. “This is pretty much my favorite kind of work. This kind of problem solving tests our team and makes us work together to overcome challenges. It’s really exciting when you see it all come together.”

The project is scheduled for completion in March 2017.