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Hunter Field, when the walls fell
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An excavator tears through the brick and cinder block walls of Joe Hunter Field stadium. Coastal Bend College trustees are making plans to rebuild and have it ready for use by the fall sports season.
An excavator tears through the brick and cinder block walls of Joe Hunter Field stadium. Coastal Bend College trustees are making plans to rebuild and have it ready for use by the fall sports season.
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With a crash, the final pieces of Joe Hunter Field came down.

For slightly longer than a week, crews from South Plains Contracting in Seguin have been working to dismantle the structure deemed unsafe by engineers.

Last week, the crews tore down the side bleachers.

This week, the main structure came down.

But it wasn’t the spectacular sight that some would imagine.

There was no cloud of dust — no dramatic collapse.

Using chains, cables and brute force of heavy machinery, the crews toppled the structure safely avoiding the nearby oak trees.

An excavator then tore through the foot-wide beams, twisting and snapping them as easily as one bends thin wire.

Workers at the scene said they were first concerned that the structure would be too strong to collapse.

They were wrong. What little steel that was left at the concrete base snapped.

Engineers had previously predicted this, saying that years of paint had been coated onto the structure. But old paint was left, allowing water to seep into joints and slowly rust away the beams.

Baseball fans need not worry though.

The college will be rebuild the stadium.

For the next 20 years, Beeville ISD will be using the field and the college has until September or early October to have it ready.

Just what the new stadium will look like is still up in the air.

College trustees recently agreed that they were not going to build what they termed the “Cadillac” of ballfields.

“I am talking about a good solid medium of the road stadium that we can be proud of but it can very functional,” said Laura Fischer, during a recent board meeting.

This month, the board expects to have an estimate on what it will cost to build the new complex.

Taxpayers also can breathe a sigh of relief — they don’t plan to increase the taxes.

College President Dr. Espinoza said, “My recommendation it would come out of our collection of taxes — at our current rate.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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