EJB Paving Helps in Upgrade
to First Energy Stadium
From Municipal Stadium to First Energy Stadium; it's had several names in its' long history. We all know it as the home of the Reading Phillies; one of the most successful minor league baseball franchises in America. Built in 1951, it has been the home of the Reading minor league club since then. The stadium seats 8800 people and has been named Minor League Stadium of the Year as recently as 2006. The aging structure has been in need of up grades and renovations in order to keep the faithful fan base in an environment that they've grown accustomed to.
Plans were developed over the last three years to upgrade the facility in order to make the experience more enjoyable for those attending games. Around ten million dollars was spent on improvements. Although, attending a Reading Phils game has long been a "bigger deal" than just going to a ballgame. For starters, the new VIST financial plaza is four times larger than the previous food court. Here fans can enjoy food, music, and more. In addition, there are now more concession stands to choose from, including seafood from Adelphia on the weekends. Also, for the first time in Phil's history, there is now a climate con trolled walk-in store, located by the brand new entry plaza, where fans can purchase team apparel. Additionally, a new main entrance facade was built and increased parking was constructed north of the stadium as well.
EJB was contracted by Burkey Construction to pave the area around the new facade/entrance and also the new parking lot. We utilized Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) in this project in an effort to complete early sea son paving, help in cost reduction, and to be environmentally friendly in the process. The work was completed in early April ahead of the R-Phils season home opener.
Along with the changes to the stadium itself, the R-Phils have also made the ballpark as kid friendly as possible, implementing something fun for everyone in the family. Get out and see a ball game this summer and inspect the EJB blacktop work in the process.