First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sunrise 6:10 am: Stadium stone work makes its appearance

The Dawn Joggers have been living the Stanford Stadium renovation since it began last November 26 after the Notre Dame game. The unusual earthen stadium, originally designed with engineering techniques borrowed from 2,000 year-old amphitheaters unearthed in Pompeii, was built in 1921 at a cost of $573,470. The current renovation, scheduled for completion before this Fall's football season, is costing $90 million.

Last month they witnessed immense earth carrying trucks lined up before dawn at a construction site near the golf course to get their payload of dirt for transport over to the stadium. An equally immense clam shovel, adorned with lights, dug from a large hill of dirt to deposit each payload. That hill is now largely gone.

This morning they were stopped by another huge truck and trailer as it backed into a different construction site near Frost Amphitheater. It was carrying an actual piece of the new stadium made of stone work and concrete.


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