Work Continues on Nearly Complete Sports Facilities, Some to Sit Empty
Work at several sports facilities in California, Nevada and Texas continues despite worries about the spread of COVID-19. But it's unclear whether fans will be attending events anytime soon as crews wrap up construction in the midst of the pandemic.
The nearly complete Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, was set to host Major League Baseball games this month. But the Texas Rangers’ season, along with those of other teams, now is on hold until at least mid-May although work on the 40,300-seat venue continues.
“There are still a substantial number of construction personnel in the building working on the finishing touches,” says John Blake, team spokesperson. The project, which includes the largest single-panel retractable roof ever built, is more than 98% complete, but much of the final work revolves around finishing the clubhouse space and getting the playing field ready. he says.
Manhattan Construction Co. serves as the main contractor on the project, which was designed by HKS.
Two National Football League venues continue to forge ahead toward planned summer openings.
SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., the new home of the Rams and Chargers, remains on schedule to open in July.
It is part of the Hollywood Park construction site, led by Turner AECOM Hunt. The overall development includes nearly 300 acres for the indoor-outdoor 70,000-seat football venue. While work proceeds for now, the stadium owners and contractor say they are constantly evaluating the ongoing situation.
In Nevada, a Mortenson McCarthy joint venture is nearing completion of the $1.9-billion domed Allegiant Stadium for the NFL Raiders, now moving to the state. Work continues on the 65,000-seat venue neighboring the Las Vegas Strip. Allegiant Stadium is scheduled to open in August.