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Timber Rattlers give sneak peek inside renovated Fox Cities Stadium

6:37 PM, Mar. 12, 2013  |  Comments
A tour of the nearly-renovated Fox Cities Stadium ...
A tour of the nearly-renovated Fox Cities Stadium ...: March 12, 2013: The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers provided a preseason peek at Fox Cities Stadium, which is nearing the completion of a $6.2 million renovation project.
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The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pulled back the curtain today and allowed Post-Crescent Media and other news organizations to get a sneak peek at the $6.2 million renovation project at Fox Cities Stadium.

Construction on the project began immediately after the season ended in early September, and the team is now 27 days away from unveiling the renovated stadium to the public when the Timber Rattlers open the home portion of their schedule on April 8.

Look for a video tour and photo gallery from inside the stadium later today at postcrescent.com.

Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav said the project is about "95 percent" complete.

"I feel really good about where we're at right now," Zerjav said. "I think they might be a little bit ahead of schedule, which is great. There's going to be little things, just because of the weather, we're not going to have done.

"But to the lay person, the fan that's coming out, it's going to seem like it's completely done. There are going to be things that we know, and Boldt knows, that we still have to do and that will happen when the team goes on the road. But the way it's going right now everything is on schedule."

The Timber Rattlers' front office has been operating in the former Wave building next door to the stadium since construction began, and by no later than April 1 will be moving its infrastructure back into their refurbished home.

"It's certainly been tight, but we've known that all along," said Nick Mueller, the project manager for Boldt Construction. "We've planned for it. And it's coming down to the very end, and we knew that it would. It's gone really well overall.

"I think the construction site will be fine. I think the Timber Rattlers will be burning the midnight oil as soon as we get out. We're out the door April 1 and then we're going to do whatever we can to assist them getting in."

Highlights of the project include adding a second level to the stadium that will include six new suites, the centerpiece of which is a banquet hall that will transform the stadium into a year-round operation. The hall, which already has several wedding receptions booked, will be open year-round, can seat 250 people and will include 11 60-inch televisions.

There will also be a larger gift store, expanded concessions and restrooms, improved player facilities, expanded administrative offices along with a new facade.

"I think they're really hitting it on the head," said Zerjav. "It's what we envisioned."

These mark the first significant changes made to Fox Cities Stadium, which was constructed in 1995.

The stadium design was done by Pendulum Studio out of Kansas City while Boldt Construction of Appleton is in charge of the project.

The Timber Rattlers are a Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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