Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It’s the biggest series of the year so far, and fans attending tonight’s Cardinals game against the Milwaukee Brewers can concentrate on the action on the field — without having to worry about part of Busch Stadium falling down on them.

Vice President of Stadium Operations Joe Abernathy tells KMOX News that work to remove dozens of large metal plates from around the top of the stadium wrapped up Monday.

“They were serving no structural purpose, they were purely decoration,” Abernathy says.  “Given the fact that we had one fail, we didn’t want to have that potential out there.”

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It was around noon on August 1st when one of the half-inch metal plates suddenly dropped off and crashed to the sidewalk below on the 8th street (western) side of the stadium.

It left a mark on the concrete, but nobody was hurt.

The problem’s been solved but Abernathy concedes that the question remains: How this could have happened to a structure that’s just over five years old?

“Well, that’s something we’ve been working on this last week,” he explains.  “We still have a lot of reports due back from Hunt Construction, who were responsible for the building.  We don’t have a definitive answer for that yet.”

He adds it’s far too early to say if Hunt Construction or any other firm will face penalties for the plate’s failure.

The removal of the plates leaves hundreds of holes and some unsightly rusting along the top of the stadium.

Abernathy says one possible solution is to simply paint over that.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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