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Fifth Third Ballpark-Then and Now

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.

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    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.
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    Ladder trucks had to wait for supply to get after the trouble at Fifth Third.
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    We stayed long enough to see that the fire was being brought under control.
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    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.
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    Firefighters had a considerable job getting water to where the flames were that day.
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    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.
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    It was plenty cold that day and this came as the serious snowfalls were just beginning to develop.
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    There was plenty of strength to the fire as crews worked on getting a water supply trained onto the concourse.
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    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.
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    While doing live reports, there was time to shoot some photos to indicate the column of smoke that headed out toward Belmont.
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    We arrived on scene before 11:30 that morning, circling the ballpark from northbound US-131 to come "around back" and see the response.
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    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.
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    There are existing suites that only needed a cleanup from the smoke that permeated the area the first Friday of the year.
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    More work will be going on at the ballpark to create administrative offices just off to the left (southeast) of this shot.
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    Much snow was moved off the field in the last month, all was looking good on Sunday.
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    There were plenty of staff working Sunday afternoon to get concession supplies in place and the field prepped for tonight's home opener.
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    Looking out from Right Center toward the rebuilt section of the suites on the south side.
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    Walking up from the outfield parking lot to the gate near the Pepsi Stadium club.