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TACOMA: New Cheney a great place for baseball

Letter by Ben Golding, Bellevue on July 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | 6 Comments »
July 16, 2011 11:42 am

Thanks to a team of community members and tradesmen, the great American pastime is alive and well in the City of Destiny.

After 51 seasons of play, the community came together to create a stadium fit for 2010 Pacific Coast League champions, the Tacoma Rainiers. Through one of the wettest winters in local history, 115 of our neighbors and friends took on the challenge to renovate Cheney Stadium before the first pitch of the 2011 season. Their work was complete in only 210 days – a triumph of determination, even by today’s standards.

Walking through the new gates into a wide-open concourse, it is easy to see where these efforts were focused. New concession buildings have replaced decrepit old shacks. Turn around and you’ll see new ticketing buildings, a team store and a sweet shop selling ice cream.

Take a few steps towards where the old bleachers stood, and the new berm comes into view – my son’s favorite spot in the whole park. Below the façade, a new skeleton of steel reinforces the original structure, bringing the whole park to the engineering standards of today’s public venues.

Whether you love it or hate it, or find yourself somewhere in between, Tacoma’s new ballpark is the culmination of efforts by many in this great city. See for yourself. Visit the park and see what the Rainiers can do.

This building is about baseball – and those of us who love the game will love the experience of the new Cheney Stadium.

(Golding was Mortenson Construction’s project manager on the stadium renovation.)

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