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Marlins Stadium Update No. 8,300 tons

vertpour2.jpgThe Florida Marlins took another giant step in their ballpark construction Friday afternoon, conducting the first “vertical concrete pour” for the first of the 12 super columns that will support the venue’s retractable roof.

The first 16 feet of the concrete was poured into the 40-foot tall rebar cage installed last week for the columns. Among those in attendance: Marlins President David Samson, General Manager Mike Hill and former manager Jack McKeon. Check out photos by the Marlins’ Robert Vigon.

Ballpark construction facts: the first elliptical-shaped column will be 8 feet by 15 feet and 130 feet tall. The columns will support the 8,300-ton roof structure, which will include three panels supported by a two-track system on the north and south sides of the ballpark. The column poured Friday is part of the north track.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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