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“There’s just no time to wait for answers here,” Haas said. “You literally have no time for answers. Hundreds of problems come up a day that have to get solved, and they have to get solved that day.”
And budget pressure was constant. The costs of cleaning up the stadium site and acquiring land, the funds for which were not capped, went more than $40 million above estimates. The cost to build parking on the site was $11 million more than anticipated. Sidewalks cost $7 million more and site work on the stadium’s south end rose $2.5 million above projections. There were times when contingency money dipped to only a few million dollars.
But there were savings elsewhere. The city saved $17 million on the cost of financing the ballpark. Installation of utilities cost $3 million less than expected. In all, the stadium will be completed with about $10 million to spare.
“It’s been a collaborative effort,” said Greg O’Dell, the current CEO of the sports commission. “There’s definitely been a lot of project management that people don’t see. On projects like this you need to have everybody at the table to address issues in real time. It doesn’t just happen. It’s been a very well-executed strategy.”
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