A year after breaking ground, “Hodgetown” baseball stadium taking shape
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - It’s been just over a year since the city broke ground on the Multi-Purpose Event Venue (MPEV).
With only 64 days left until the home opener at Hodgetown, NewsChannel10 took a tour of the future home of the Soddies.
Project Director for Western Hunt Brandon Robertson said the construction is right on schedule.
“So right now we have all the structures up, we are working on interior finishes and exterior concrete work,” said Robertson. “We have started seat instillation.”
Sod Poodles President and General Manager Tony Ensor said the seats will start arriving this week and that the turf is looking great.
With the locker rooms soon to be complete and the suites coming together, it’s starting to look like an actual baseball stadium.
Even the stadium Musco lights will put you on your feet during the seventh inning stretch, because they’ll be programmed to music.
“We’re just counting down the days to being complete,” said Robertson. “We have a lot of work left, but we have anywhere from 150 to 200 guys on site working daily and they are all putting in the effort to get it done and we’ll be ready in April.”
It won’t be long before players are running through the tunnel onto the field..
“Two weeks from now, our players report to spring training in Arizona,” said Ensor. “So they will be joining the big league club the San Diego Padres in Arizona to get ready for the season. Spring training is about an eight-week process, six weeks from when they start playing games. So we are two weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.”
If you think the name Sod Poodles took the Panhandle by storm, try the entire nation and then some.
Since the name was announced, they’ve been featured on sites like Barstool Sports, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
“We have Sod Poodle Amarillo merchandise all over the country,” said Ensor. “So we are in 50 states plus four provinces in Canada. We are trying to get into Japan to get the Sod Poodle and Amarillo name out there.”
Also coming soon is the team mascot, which Ensor said will be revealed closer to March.
“The company that is doing our mascot is the same company that creates Disney characters, and what I saw yesterday blew me away,” said Ensor. “I am so excited to reveal the mascot and have him join us.”
After recently announcing multiple community involvement initiatives, Ensor said it doesn’t stop there.
“I can’t wait for those gates to open up April eighth for the community to be able to come in and see the ball park, but then we are going to be out in the community,” he said. “You won’t be able to throw a rock without seeing a Sod Poodle somewhere.”
There are a few different ticket plans available, but game day tickets will go on sale in mid-March online and at the box office.
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