Street. LOUIS – FOX 2 News has obtained videos, photos and documents giving a complete picture of the damage to the new football stadium in downtown St. Louis that delayed the stadium hosting the first-ever football match.
The information was obtained by requesting public records to the City of St. Louis. Damage reports said staff at street lighting installations hit an underground utility duct on Friday, September 2.
A spokesman for the city of St. Louis initially said The issue was identified six days later, on Thursday, September 8th.
There are two separate projects underway on the stadium site at the same time: the stadium project and the city street project, which includes the construction of a new section of 22second abbreviation The street next to the stadium.
The cost of the new stadium and the new football training center complex was estimated at half a billion dollars. Cost estimate for the St. Louis portion of Jefferson Street and 22second abbreviation Street corridor project $17 million.
In a “Daily Diary” of the city project, the assistant chief engineer said the damaged canals extend from under the street from the stadium to the VIP parking lot.
The report said the channels were never marked by Missouri One Call Services or “Dig Rite,” which identifies utility lines burial sites to allow safe drilling. She added that the stadium construction team did not alert city street workers of the buried canals.
The Daily Diaries report said Raineri’s electrical subcontractor, Gerstner Electric, “offered to fix the damaged duct before work closes…” but the stadium team chose to have the work done by the electrical subcontractor.
The Daily Diaries report, as of the next day, said there was a problem finding workers for a full repair with the start of the Labor Day holiday. She said there was “a worker with a small excavator on site (who) built a sand berm around the damaged canal and dug a small trench” to direct any rainwater toward a new rainwater structure.
A text message to the construction team showed that it didn’t work. Rainwater flowed into the spoilage channels. Then the water flowed into the power plant located under the southwest corner of the stadium.
Days later, it was reported in an email from the assistant chief engineer that the flood waters had “smashed two major circuit breakers”.
St.Louis City Development Team, City2 was supposed to play their first ever match on the field Sunday 18th September, but changed due to damages. The game was transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The team’s next elimination match will be played on September 25th there as well.
St. Louis could end up hosting two more City2 matches at home.
Fans are hoping to hold a match or two at the new stadium, but officials have yet to give an estimate of how long the repairs will take.