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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 8:40pm
EL PASO — Crews hoisted up the last large piece of steel completing the upper parts of the El Paso Ballpark during a 'Topping Off" ceremony Monday afternoon at the downtown stadium.
With a banner marking the day, a 220-foot tall crane assisted crews in erecting a large beam adding to the 2500 pieces of steel, weighing more than 2.6 million pounds that have already gone into the construction of the stadium.
"We are working our tails off to be able to meet the deadline," said Project Manager Alan Shubert.
Shubert accepted a position with El Paso Water Utilities but said he will continue working on the project until the stadium is finished and will only help part-time at his new position.
Now about three months from opening day the project has come along way since city hall was demolished.
Shubert estimated the ballpark is about 70 to 80 percent complete and with larger pieces in place daily progress is visible.
"It makes it real for everybody who has not driven out here in a couple weeks," said Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.
Taylor said he's noticed walls going up quickly, the roof work on the press box side almost done and the bridge connecting the stadium.
But Shubert said there are challenges that present themselves in every construction site that could slow things up.
"Tell me what the weather's going to do, tell me when the materials are going to be here and I'll tell you for sure," Shubert said when asked if the ballpark would be completed on time.