To put up a building, first you must dig a hole.
And in the case of Globe Life Field, it must be a very big hole.
On Monday, excavation for the new $1.1 billion retractable-roof ballpark began on the eastern portion of the project site, which sits on what was parking lot B just south of Globe Life Park. The work comes less than a week after the Texas Rangers held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site to formally kick off construction of the new ballpark.
Crews will work 24 hours a day, six days a week (excluding Sundays) on the excavation — except when there are major events underway at nearby AT&T Stadium. Excavation is scheduled to be completed by the end of January; the ballpark is slated to open for the start of the 2020 season.
Here’s a look at the excavation by the numbers.
1.3 million cubic yards of dirt to be removed from the site.
97,000 truck loads to haul away the dirt, with most headed to the Arlington landfill in Euless.
1.7 million square feet: size of Globe Life Field when completed.
1.4 million square feet: size of Globe Life Park.
13 acres: size of the Globe Life Field site when completed.