Fifth Third Ballpark is back in service as the Whitecaps' recovered from a January 3rd fire. WOOD Radio was there to cover the response and we're back to show you what's been built to serve again.
This shot was taken after our "on scene" coverage concluded. The Whitecaps held a media event just a couple hours later to say they would make opening day.
Ladder trucks had to wait for supply to get after the trouble at Fifth Third.
We stayed long enough to see that the fire was being brought under control.
During this time, there were TV crews changing their angles and the Sheriff's Department did another sweep to keep any members of the public out of the ballpark campus.
Firefighters had a considerable job getting water to where the flames were that day.
To be frank, the vast column of smoke really drew focus in the first hour of covering this event. It was later, when the water was available to the ladder truck that I began moving around to vary my perspective on the fire.
It was plenty cold that day and this came as the serious snowfalls were just beginning to develop.
There was plenty of strength to the fire as crews worked on getting a water supply trained onto the concourse.
The focus on the response allowed members of the public to be there, shooting with the media at least for a while as firefighters got to work that day.
While doing live reports, there was time to shoot some photos to indicate the column of smoke that headed out toward Belmont.
We arrived on scene before 11:30 that morning, circling the ballpark from northbound US-131 to come "around back" and see the response.
A view "down the hill" from the section of suites that is being dressed out for service just 94 days after a fire brought the structure down.
There are existing suites that only needed a cleanup from the smoke that permeated the area the first Friday of the year.
More work will be going on at the ballpark to create administrative offices just off to the left (southeast) of this shot.
Much snow was moved off the field in the last month, all was looking good on Sunday.
There were plenty of staff working Sunday afternoon to get concession supplies in place and the field prepped for tonight's home opener.
Looking out from Right Center toward the rebuilt section of the suites on the south side.
Walking up from the outfield parking lot to the gate near the Pepsi Stadium club.