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New Yankee Stadium already showing cracks

Oct 24, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

It seems the Yankees’ new $1.5 billion city-subsidized stadium is beginning to show cracks,
just six months after its debut. The team has recently fallen under
scrutiny for cracks in the concrete pedestrian ramps — some as much as
an inch wide and several feet long — prompting the team to hire an
engineering company to determine whether the problems were caused by
the installation, the design, the concrete or other factors.

On the bright side, Alice McGillion, a team spokeswoman, called the cracks
“cosmetic,” saying that they pose no safety issues because they did
not affect the structural integrity of the ramps.

“There is no evidence that there is any issue or problem with concrete or any material in the building,” she said.

Interstate Industrial Corporation, the company that poured the
concrete, was banned from doing city work in 2004 because city
concluded it had ties to organized crime, an accusation its owners have

Interstate may sound familiar since they are currently front-and-center
in the trial of former Giuliani Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik. According to the Village Voice, Kerik is accused of accepting $165,000 in renovations on his Riverdale apartment from the
DiTomasso brothers — the principals of Interstate — in return for
recommending them for city contracts they were barred from.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the company that evaluated the strength
of the concrete poured for the walkways, Testwell Laboratories, its
owners and several officers were indicted last year on state
racketeering charges. It’s unclear whether the team will have to tear
out any of the concrete in the ramps in question, however, according to
the New York Times, the problem could cost several million dollars to

  1. Buddy - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    You wouldn’t want to build it perfect, would ‘ya? Having cracks, buckles, collapses, and continuous repairs and upgrades keeps those union boys in beer!

  2. S - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Any freshman college student studying architecture or construction will tell you that ALL CONCRETE CRACKS. It’s a matter of how that cracking is controlled and whether it’s cosmetic or not.

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    This is a complete non-surprise, both that it happened and that it’s in an area of the stadium not seen on TV. Frankly, if this is the worst example of a contractor cutting corners, the Yankees and the city should congratulate themselves.
    However, it’s not something that happens just in New York. The last time I was at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati (named for an insurance company, not because of the Reds’ overinflated opinion of themselves), I sat in the first row down the 3B line and had exposed rebar in the concrete in front of me. Nice.

  4. Covert - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    What school is that? Gotti University?

  5. Bert Schultz - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Show some respect. Those Union Boys (and Girls) fought for and won the 40-hour week and the weekend, paid time off, medical plans, etc. You wouldn’t be sitting back surfing the interneet today if it weren’t for unions.

  6. Dani - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Yeah show em respect for taking advantage because they have earned the right to push non-union people around and the right not to be criticized. Wouldnt be surfing internet? Did they create the internet too? Damn them union boys and girls must be good huh.

  7. Captain Obvious - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    @Bert Schultz
    Nor would we have cars and planes today without first having the horse-drawn carriage.
    However, you don’t see many of those around anymore either.

  8. Joe - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    That is very true Bert. But what good are unions doing today? They bicker and argue while the company also bicker and argues which just leads to little work being done, especially with strikes.

  9. t-boogy - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    The ready mixed concrete company I work for, guarantees our concrete against fire & theft, and to eventually get hard & then crack!

  10. John - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    I worked for a Union for about 6 months. I was harassed and threatened and shunned because i worked too fast! What a lazy bunch of uneducated slobs!

  11. steve r - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    I could not have said it better, Buddy! I live in Boston and it was the same story when the “Big Dig” was under construction…kick-backs galore!!!

  12. Mike - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Is’nt everyone allowed to have a decent job with decent wages and benifits. Or is that just for you white collared people.

  13. Mike - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Yea your right kickbacks only happen with union labor. Not the Wyeth CEO who made a 58 million dollar bonus befor his stock options when he sold to pfiszer thats not a kickback???

  14. Doug - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    While unions were originally designed to protect the workers (40-hour week and the weekend, paid time off, medical plans, etc.) now it’s all about perks and bonuses and kickbacks. Just pass the cost along to the consumers. The unions finally won, now they don’t have to worry about non-union workers taking there jobs, there aren’t any jobs here anymore you drove them all overseas!!

  15. Old Gator - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    When the revolution comes, all of those contractors will be taken out back and shot. By then Steinbrenner will be gone, so that’s one bullet we won’t have to waste in the courtyard. All of The People’s money will be returned to them and the stadium will be turned into a massive clinic under the national health program, where people who have eaten Philly cheese steaks will have the inalienable human right to have their stomachs pumped and the contents deep-well injected for the duration of the thousand-year half-life of the grease from the sandwiches. And the Borg can move back across the river to their old stadium and gagg on their own tradition.

  16. adam - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    NO, the reason I am sitting in front on my pc on the internet is because I went to school and got a job. Not because of union member getting paid much more than his education should allow.

  17. mwb - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    I’ve also heard about the two kinds of concrete, that which has cracked and that which is going to crack.

  18. Mike - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    most trade unions have a 5 year training program that htier members go through so your not the only one with a education, who are you to determine who gets paid what compared to thier education

  19. Old Gator - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    What a sophisticated grasp of macroeconomics you have. Contemplate, in your liesure hours of course, the earthshaking notion that jobs developed in other countries as those countries developed themselves, and now there’s an enormous worldwide push to guarantee the rights of workers in other countries as well. You want to equalize things? Make sure to buy fair trade certified products, which means the folks whop produced them are getting paid living wages for them. Won’t be long before their unions are equalizing the playing field. Of course in more socialized countries, the kind of obscene corporate profiteering that we see here as a pro forma phenomenon doesn’t happen nearly as much, so imported consumer products benefit from that too. There’s also the small matter of free trade agreements and tariff elimination whereby we’ve shot ourselves in the foot so many times it’s hard to believe that we’re even able to crawl. And of course the colossal phony inflation of our economy by war profiteering….ah well. On and on and on. To blame unions for that when we’ve done so many other stupid, selfish, spineless things to our economy for Buddha knows how many years is simplistic to the point of pain.
    Just pass the cost along to the consumers: now that’s a radical paradigm shift, isn’t it? Keep asking consumers to pay for things and soon there won’t be any capitalism left.

  20. Mike - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Most of these comments seem to be directed at Unions being greedy and corrupt, which I would have to ommit is is not entirely untrue. But people in glass house should not through stone, just at our Banking idustry and our Fianical instutions!!!

  21. Olivia - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Where does the concrete come from? I hope not China.

  22. Old Gator - Oct 24, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    ROFL – right to the point, Olivia.
    Can’t wait for the girders to start to sag.

  23. Just Joe - Oct 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    I dunno Mike, since when does having a decent job with benefits require a blue collar or a union? We used to have black slaves, women who did not work out of the homes and 1 of every 4 babies died in their first year. Times change. You get the job that you train and educate yourself to receive, together with drive and ambition you have for yourself. I did not drink, smoke and party hearty in high school. I graduated with good grades, sure, went to college and got one of them white collar jobs. Others I knew in HS were lazy and lived to party. Our lifestyles reflect our choices.

  24. steve - Oct 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    You know what ladies and gentlemen, have no pity for the Yankees including the owners, the Steinbrenner’s! For all the money this family has, the City of New York NEVER should have put in one dime for this stadium. Being an out-of-stater, and knowing people living in the “Big Apple”, we have no clue as to why this agreement ever took place! So, as far as any ongoing problems, such as this concrete issue, who cares? Let good ol’ George and his son pay for it! Contract with decent companies that do good work, if you can find them, and let’s move on to something really “concrete”!

  25. go angels! - Oct 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    there will be plenty of time to repair these cracks next week, because the stadium will be empty after the angels take this series!! go angels!!

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