— Days Without Shea —

AbuDhabiField_2DfrontI neglected to post the “official” Citi Field progress update for November from the Mets. Here ‘tis:

The construction of Citi Field progresses at a fast pace this fall.

Approximately 80% of Citi Field's structural steel frame is in place, with steel extending up to the Promenade Level along the right field line. The framing of Citi Field's main entry - the Jackie Robinson Rotunda - continues rapidly and steel installation will soon begin.

More than 70% of the stadium concrete plank - the tiered concrete structures that will support the ballpark's seats - has been installed. This now includes the seating areas for the Field Level as well as portions of the Suite, Club and Promenade Levels. Entrance stairs from 126th Street to the Main Concourse are complete.

The brick fa├žade, or architectural precast, is well on its way to totally enclosing the administration building which will house the Mets offices, including the future retail/storefront space that fronts 126th Street. Fans traveling down Roosevelt Avenue can also see the rich brick exterior enveloping the south side of Citi Field continuing clockwise around the first base side of the building toward the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

At completion, Citi Field will contain: 12,500 tons of steel; 2,400 pieces of stadium concrete plank; and 1.2 million bricks.

The efforts of 400 talented construction workers are advancing the development of this world-class sports and entertainment destination. In the weeks ahead the workforce will exceed 700. Queens-based businesses account for 36% of the contracts awarded to date while 23% of the workers since the project's inception hail from the Mets' home borough of Queens.

The construction of Citi Field creates a significant opportunity for the competitive strength of Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE). The Mets have been working with an advisory committee of community leaders chaired by Borough President Helen Marshall and co-chaired by Councilman Leroy Comrie to develop a comprehensive diversity plan that will ensure the involvement of minority- and women-owned businesses in Queens and the immediate area. Thus far, minority and women have accounted for 24% of the workforce since the project's commencement.

Citi - the world's leading financial services company - is a proud partner of the Mets at Citi Field, scheduled to open in 2009.




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