Wednesday, September 22, 2010

RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY AT SALTILLO BALLPARK

Work is underway for renovations to the Saltillo Saraperos’ ballpark. Upgrades at Estadio Francisco I. Madero began September 16 when machinery from the Begasa Company rolled in.

The playing field itself is being removed so a new water drainage system can be installed. Soil samples were earlier taken to analyze for moisture resistance qualities. While the playing field is being resurfaced, the old wooden bleachers are being replaced with concrete bleachers; bathrooms, locker rooms, a gym area for players and fan entertainment areas are all being remodeled; roofing is being installed for all seating areas; and a new 46’x79’ scoreboard, which will be the largest in Latin baseball, is being put in. When the work is done, the ballpark’s capacity will be raised to 17,500.

The renovations will cost 87 million pesos, or about US$7 million, much of it coming from the Coahuila state government.