Not another brick in the wall
This picture comes courtesy of regular reader Ryan. It shows the slabs of prefab brick wall being delivered to Alumni. A few interesting developments can be inferred. First the color of the bricks matches the same color schemes in and around Alumni and Conte. Since the old padding was maroon, I wondered if the bricks in the wall would be maroon or a shade of red. I think a red wall against the green turf looks better on TV. I fear this might look a little dull. But I'll hold out hope until the project is done.
The second development is that it appears this wall is not real brick and will be significantly (if not all) prefabricated. I know next to nothing about construction, so this might be the most current method for building a brick wall. I just assumed they would be laying each individual brick. If it is all prefab, I don't know why the project will take so long. I also don't know how the wall slabs work from an economic standpoint nor a repair standpoint. If anyone is familiar with this, please comment or email me. I also wonder and hope that the faux wall will be easier on the players. I can't recall a player running into the old pads, but it was a nice safety precaution. Our walls are close enough to the field that a crash could happen. I also would love to know about the acoustics of a less dense wall. Will is muffle or amplify noise? So many questions. Who knew a little wall would be so interesting.