Fifth Third Ballpark one year after fire


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s been a year since flames ripped through the Fifth Third Ballpark and now crews are taking on a new project to complete by opening day 2015.

The fire devastated almost half of the ballpark on January 3, 2014. After the fire, crews worked day in and day out to repair the damage in time for opening day.

“It was a tough year for us in the workload, but we had a lot of support, a lot of people rooting for us to accomplish what we did so we’re grateful for that,” said Mickey Graham, the Media Relations Director for the Whitecaps.

Crews at the ballpark are now constructing a new office building that will provide more storage and feature a deck-top roof.

“Hopefully that will be done by opening day which is about three months away and we’ll be able to move back in and be at the ballpark. It’s good to have deadlines because that way, you have something to shoot for,” Graham said.

Graham told 24 Hour News 8 that he and his colleagues are looking forward to the start of the season and returning to the ballpark.

“For the staff, it really is a second home for us. We spend so much time here in the summer and around each other that we’ve become a little bit of a family,” said Graham.

Opening day is April 9.

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