07/18/08 9:32 PM ET
Dodgers' spring home is 'state of the art'
Crews working double shifts six days per week at new complex
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
Mortenson Construction has been working double shifts six days per the week at the site covering 152 acres at Camelback Road and 107th Avenue to complete it on time, with Callan saying the crew is doing an 18-month job in about 13 months by having work being done 20 hours per day, with an average of 350 people working per day."You've got to give these guys a lot of credit," said Callan, who added the crew is right on schedule. "You don't build something this nice without a lot of dedicated people." Project executive Tom Harrison estimated the project is 45 percent complete, with all of the underground parts of the structure being finished. The Dodgers practice fields are expected to be done in two months, and the construction on the stadium field is slated to start in October. Although construction costs around the nation have been rising as the costs of materials have gone up, which Harrison acknowledged is a major issue in construction during these tough economic times, he said buying materials in bulk before these increases has kept the complex on schedule economically. Callan said the Dodgers, who officially terminated their lease at the Vero Beach site on July 10, knew it was time to leave Florida by checking with the fan base, who can attend games much easier at the Arizona site. When the team saw Vero Beach attendance affected by whom the Dodgers were playing, with fans coming to see Los Angeles' opponent instead of the Dodgers, they knew it was time to move west. Now they hope to start a new tradition in the Cactus League. "This is our home for the future," Callan said. "We want to make Glendale the home for future Dodgers."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.