The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are one step closer to playing in their new spring training facility. The last two pieces of steel were set in place Friday morning at a ceremony that included Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members, Diamondbacks staff and project team.
The morning began with excitement as people geared up to take the trolley ride to the Diamondbacks dugout followed by the Rockies. Once there, everyone was given the opportunity to sign the beam that would soon be lifted into place. President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community started the ceremony thanking all of the people involved with getting the project this far. Derrick Hall, President of the Arizona Diamondbacks, followed President Enos. He too thanked the Community, HKS, Mortenson and his staff for making the project a success.
After the Diamondbacks beam was lifted into place, the group traveled over to the Rockies clubhouse. David Dunn, Manager of Spring Training Operations and Martin Harvier, Vice President of SRPMIC dedicated the “House the Keli Built,” as Hall wrote a message for former Rockies President Keli McGregor on the beam before it was lifted into place. McGregor passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.
With only 26 weeks left of construction, there still is a lot of work to be finished. However, with the completion of another important milestone, we are one step closer to hearing the infamous ‘play ball’ at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.