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Management: Wade Stadium Wall Collapse has 'Silver Lining'

Posted at: 03/21/2013 6:49 PM
Updated at: 03/21/2013 7:35 PM
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Hundreds of feet of brick fell off Wade Stadium Wednesday night, but one of the Huskies co-owners said the disaster could have a sliver lining.

Neighbors said they heard the top 4-6 feet of an outfield wall collapse Wednesday night. No one was injured in the incident.

Huskies Co-owner Michael Rosenzweig said some of the collapsed wall could be used to give the concessions stand a new look.

“If you had to look for a little bit of a silver lining I guess we had a little help in getting the bricks ready to be reused,” Rosenzweig said.

But he said the collapse shows the stadium needs renovations. State lawmakers denied bonding money for the ballpark last year. Rosenzweig said the city needs that funding.

“They're talking down in the legislature about getting us some funding for a study. Well, we know what needs to be done. We need the money to fix this,” Rosenzweig said.

The city owns the stadium, and Rosenzweig said it's well-cared for, but fixing drainage issues and getting light stands replaced is just too expensive.

“It's a real piece of treasured history that needs to be refurbished and brought back to the standard it once was,” Rosenzweig said.

He said the stadium hosts more than just the Huskies and he wants it to become a bigger part of the community.

“We want people to go away from here saying, 'We're coming back.' If they tell me that then we've done our job,” Rosenzweig said.

Rosenzweig said the damage looks superficial and he expects the huskies to start on schedule this June.

However, city crews will continue to assess the damage in coming days.

Rosenzweig said the recent freeze and thaw temperatures combined with high winds could have been the cause for the collapse.