Going back home… Saturday August 18th vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
The green is back to “la Islandera”. With work completed on the new drainage system, placement of the natural grass began just a few days and it’s almost complete. Renovations also continue on other important parts of the stadium like the locker rooms, restrooms, a retaining wall in the south end, the former dugouts, etc. As we see in the pictures, the pitch will now be considerably lower than the original raised field that the stadium received after the 2003 renovations.
Like always we have to thank Hinchas Isleños Autoconvocados (HIAPR.org) always faithful fan Hura for the weekly pictorial. ¡Gracias!
Renovations continue full speed ahead at the home of the Puerto Rico Islanders; “La Islandera” Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium. We have previously updated on the work being done on the field, which it appears now will have natural grass (Hallelujah). Now we have additional work being done on the stadium’s locker rooms, restrooms, and the removal of the old baseball dugouts (¡Adios!). This along with the demolition of the right field club house, leave the safety netting cables that hang from the roof down and the slight angle of the seating next to what used to be the right field line as the only remnants of the old baseball field. The current phase of renovation is scheduled to be concluded before August 2012, just in time to receive “La Roja” vs PRMNT.
Thanks to the Hinchas Isleños Autoconvocados (HIAPR.org) always faithful fan Hura, we have been getting an almost weekly update on renovations with site pictures and details.
Excavation has been done to 90% of field and the system of tubes that will connect to the field’s new drainage system is being set up. The rainwater that falls on the turf will drain directly to nearby Río Hondo, which connects to the Atlantic Ocean. (Photos and description courtesy of Hura @ hiapr.org forum)