MPEV: Building for the weather

MPEV: Building for the weather
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - As the MPEV continues to take shape in downtown Amarillo, part of the construction is crafting a sturdy stadium to stand up to the weather in the Panhandle.

This time next year, Amarillo's baseball team is expected to be hitting home runs at it's new home.

With that April 2019 target, the city is focusing on building a stadium can handle the weather in the Panhandle.

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"We're doing the construction and engineering design is actually for the city of Amarillo's environment," said Jerry Danforth, Director of Facilities and Capital Projects for the City of Amarillo. "We're putting in what's called a bell pier. A bell pier is a huge concrete column with a big foot on the bottom of it to accommodate for Texas' wind load."

"Wind in April can be pretty tricky at times," said NewsChannel10 Meteorologist Allan Gwyn. "March is one of our windier months, so coming out of March a lot of times we can deal with some pretty strong winds. They can be sustained up around 30 to 40 miles but for the most part the wind stays down to about 15 to 25, gusting to 30.

Temperatures in April can vary from anywhere in the 90s to as low as the twenties.

With that, the city is prepping the ground.

"It accommodates for our soil which has got a clay base to it," said Danforth. "Expansion and contraction of soil doesn't cause our MPEV to crack or need additional work down the road."

The future dugouts of the home and visiting team are beginning to look more like a place where players can stores their bats.

"All of that is in place right now with footings currently being poured around the perimeter of the field itself," said Danforth. "Those will be complete next week, as a matter of fact, to clearly identify the dugout suites."

While the city says it's glad to be ahead of schedule, the quality of the construction continues to be a top priority.

"We've got a major investment in this, so when we do this type of construction it's built to a high level to make sure we get a long term life out of any facility we construct," said Danforth.

The sweepstakes by Elmore Sports Group to name the baseball team ended earlier this month, but as of now - no name has been announced.

Whatever the name is, by this time next year, we'll be seeing players swing for the fences.

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