Flood mitigation has long been undertaken in and around the stadium. After Hurricane Floyd devastated neighboring downtown Bound Brook in 1999, the US Army Corps of Engineers built infrastructure (detention reservoirs, embankments, pumping stations) to prevent similar catastrophic floods.
However, these plans failed around 9:30 pm on September 1. In Boundbrook, the New Jersey Transit train 5451 was stopped on the railroad tracks and could not open the locks. At Bridgewater, Kevin Finnegan, a special needs employee performing maintenance at the stadium, was at home with his parents when one of the walls of the family’s basement gave way to the storm surge. The water went up the stairs on the second floor and the family lost both cars. Their house cannot live.
“It’s insane how destructive it was,” Iwicki said.
Relief continued. Kevin Reese, Yankees player development director, and Nick Avanzat, franchise minor league operations manager, fly from Tampa, Florida to guide players and staff to claim claims, arrange car rentals, and provide financial support. Did. The Finnegans GoFundMe page has been launched to help Stadium Graphics owner Chuck Hodgdon drive out of New Hampshire and join the outfield walls together. Interns and executives worked with caterers and construction workers who were already refurbishing on-site.
Everything was power washed, including the grass to prevent the mud from choking. Each sheet was hose-fastened, then hand-washed, and then hose-fastened again. Parner and his crew triple-checked the field to make sure there were no soft spots. One of the last steps was to buy a new resin bag. It can be used to improve the grip of the pitcher on a sweaty night during the match as all the patrons were soaked. Before Friday’s opening ceremony — nine nights from Aida’s visit — Parner returned to his typical mourning.
“Some of my mowing lines were a little bent,” he said.
By that time, there were few signs of a flood, and it was only in the second half of the inning that the musty odor began to drift from the stand after the wind changed. Nine times ago, the performance announcer said there would be no fireworks after the match as the launch area became inaccessible after the storm. Finally, in the bottom of the 12th inning, outfielder Michael Beltré won by double-slicing against the field in the center left, and Patriots teammates sprinted from home tag out and hit him near second base. Three players carried separate coolers and poured ice water on Beltré and the field.