Massive Wall Coming to Pasco Stadium
PASCO, Wash. - The next time you go to a Tri-City Dust Devils game you won't have to squint to see the plays at first base. The City of Pasco is building a massive 85 foot wall to keep the sun out of your eyes, and sweat off your face.
It's being called "a wall", but if you peek at the plans it looks more like a huge set of Venetian blinds. And when it's done it will become one of the tallest structures in Pasco city limits.
Sometimes the sun at Pasco stadium can be pretty blinding. On days when temperatures hit triple digits, you might need a hose just to get through the innings.
"We bought the team three years ago and the number one thing we heard, the number one negative (thing) we heard is it's too hot, it's too hot, it's too hot. So we made that a priority at the ballpark," said Brent Miles, Dust Devils General Manager.
So the team got funding from the state, and last night they got approval from the city council to build an 85 x 130 foot wall.
"We joke that it'll be seen from the moon," Miles said.
The wall sits behind the first base bleachers to provide a little shade when the sun gets too hot.
"The entire lower box section all the behind 3rd base will be in shade," he said.
And the shade should cool down bleachers by nearly 20 degrees. The only catch, to get cooler seats it'll cost $1.33 million. Some people like the idea, some don't and some really don't care.
"It sounds like it's kind of ridiculous. I think maybe getting a pair of sunglasses to go to the game would be cheaper than putting up a wall," said Rachel Haertling who dislikes the wall.
"I think if you're a true fan you're going to go anyways," said Nathan Thornock, Prosser resident.
"We got the two bridges that are a beautiful. It might be interesting to have another landmark in town," said Greg Shea who likes the wall.
Construction is scheduled to begin next month, and finish up for the Dust Devils season opener in June.