Dozens of times over the past several months, I have driven past the CornBelters stadium site on Raab Road wondering just what was going on behind the big pile of dirt.
Monday night, the Normal Town Council got a first hand look at the excellent construction progress being made on the stadium that will be home to the Frontier League baseball team and Heartland Community College baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer.
By the way, that big pile of dirt is actually a seating berm.
Perhaps anticipating Tuesday’s rains, crews were laying down sod on the twin berms which will provide outfield seating for baseball fans and spectators of other events held in the stadium.
On the other side of the berm, you get a true sense of what it will be like inside the stadium.
Inside, the concrete retaining wall has been poured and the dugouts are clearly visible down each line. You also get a sense of the amount of permanent seating, about ten rows of seats between the press box and the box seats behind home plate and extending down the left field and right field lines to about the far side of each dugout.
You also can see evidence of concession stands, luxury suites, and restrooms along a very wide concourse that will completely circle the stadium.
Club officials say that if all goes well the field turf will be installed around Nov. 1.
Already, 10 of the 12 suites have been sold, along with hundreds of season tickets.
A-maizing progress, indeed.