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Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked

Aug 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world.

But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major projects in the city regularly failed to do their jobs:

ATSC, Fortich and the accused engineers, lab directors and inspector “regularly skipped vital safety tests and created false reports to create the impression that the tests were performed,” the indictment said. Customers “relied on the results to assess the quality of building materials in hundreds of private and public construction projects.”

Does that mean that giant chunks of concrete are going to fall from Yankee Stadium, killing thousands?  Of course not.  As the article notes, in many other cases where safety and mixture tests weren’t performed, the concrete ended up being just fine.  Which, given that the old eyeball test is often successful, explains why engineers figured they could get away with their recklessness.

But we can’t be sure! And that makes going to Yankee Stadium even more exciting than it was before!

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Old Yankee Stadium: “The House that Ruth built.”

    New Yankee Stadium: “The House that Bob Villa built.”

    • b7p19 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Don’t you EVER insinuate that Bob Villa took short cuts!

    • shea801 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      No, you have it wrong. It’s “The house that Norm built, and Bob watched after being tuckered out from lifting a hammer.”

      • bigleagues - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        Norm and Bob are sticklers for specs – so the whole joke has no foundation.

    • Bryz - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:52 PM

      New Yankee Stadium: “The House That Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor Built.”


      • bigleagues - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        You nailed it!

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Alas, Citi Field is probably the same.


    • kellyb9 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      A true test of strength of each stadium is a little difficult to get. The Mets aren’t good enough to fill their stadium, and Yankees fans aren’t rich enough to fill theirs… sad.

  3. sportsdrenched - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    As there isn’t a Red Sox Jersey in that concrete everything will be fine.

  4. Panda Claus - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    If any region of the country knows its concrete, it’s right there.

    Concrete worries? Fuhgedaboutit.

  5. 78mu - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Usually problems with construction take years before showing up. Think about the Kansas City Hyatt walkway collapse or the Minneapolis bridge. We always assume these things are tested and designed properly but really all we have to rely on are the human engineers and builders.

    • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      Waiting for Karellen. But then, aren’t we all?

  6. hank10 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    If the Yanks don’t have a Helmet Day promotion, what better time to schedule one (and soon)?

    • ta192 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:40 PM


  7. silverdeer - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Wow! I didn’t realize that NYC hired Kwame from Detroit.

  8. macjacmccoy - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    if you don’t know construction you shouldnt speak like you do. Its not that chunks of concrete will fall on people its that after years of stress from 1000s of people accumulating on top of concrete walkways the likelihood of that walkway collapsing rises. If your using an inferior product that likelihood rises even more. They dont arbitrarily make up these rules of checks and balances for no reason they do it after years of learning from their mistakes. Like collapses of freeway over passes, piers, decks and bridges like the one in Minneapolis a few years ago. One weak area can greatly diminish the structural integrity of an entire structure.

    For someone who got all up in arms over the height of a railing or lack of a net that led to 1 mans death a few weeks ago I dont see how you can brush this away like its nothing to worry serious. There has been dozens of examples where skirting the rules like they did at Yankee stadium has led to the deaths of countless individuals not just 1 man. Im not saying that that situation wasnt serious bc it obviously was Im saying that just bc the situation at Yankee stadium hasnt led to any deaths yet doesnt make it any less serious.

    If we didnt know about this and a few years from now a section of yankee stadium collapses causing 100s of people to plummet to their death or to die bc of debree falling on them and then we found out that they falsified reports about building inspections and materials the media and public outcry would be enormous. And you would be leading the charge. So why is it such a big joke now? Bc it hasnt happened yet. People should be in the business of trying to stop something before it happens than just reacting to it after it occurs.

  9. rcali - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Somebody must have given them an “offer they couldn’t refuse” to fake the tests.

  10. hittfamily - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Wanna trade?

    Rays fans

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