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Globe Life Field on track, despite fire

Building work on Globe Life Field, the new home of MLB’s Texas Rangers, is expected to be completed by March next year, despite a recent fire at the construction site.

The materials damaged by the fire have already been removed and none of the damage was on the inside of the ballpark.

Work elsewhere has continued, and the investigation into the cause and the assessment of the damage has been completed.

Meanwhile in a construction update, the Rangers said the ballpark is now 89% complete.

The 5.5 acre retractable roof at Globe Life Field, located in Arlington, Texas, was closed for the first time in early December.

Decking is 100% complete and roofing work over the retractable roof structure is 75% complete; Framing is being installed for ETFE panels; Installation of ETFE panels over the retractable portion of the roof will start in late December; Work is ongoing for the seals along the roof track. The seals will keep wind and rain out of the building; The total steel weight of the entire operable roof structure is approximately 9,600 tons; The roof will use a total of 19,000 tons of steel. Roof construction started in late fall 2018, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Construction on the interior brick arches, located on the north concourse, is complete; Concrete work for field walls is 95% complete.

Installation for the retractable pitching mound started earlier this month; the foul poles were installed in mid-November; Sports lights have been installed throughout the building; Seat installation is in progress on the upper seating bowl; 70% of main seating bowl, and 30% of upper seating bowl is installed. The first seats were installed at Globe Life Field in late October. Seat installation is expected to be completed in early February, 2020.

Over four million man hours have been completed on the Globe Life Field project to date. An estimated one-million man hours of work is left until the project is complete.

HKS is the design architect for the project and Manhattan Construction Company is the Construction Manager.