The New York Mets will soon have a new stadium to call home, as Citi Field is being readied for a 2009 grand opening. The $610 million stadium will seat about 45,000 fans and will replace adjacent Shea Stadium, the Mets’ home since 1964.
Structural steel in the stadium will amount to more than 13,000 tons—60 percent of which is recycled ferrous scrap—and is being fabricated by Canam Steel Corporation in Quebec City, Quebec. Designed by HOK Sport, the stadium is owned by the City of NewYork.
Steel is being shop finished at Canam, then delivered to the stadium site for erection. All the steel is being finished with a prime coat of Sherwin-Williams Zinc Clad III HS Organic Epoxy Primer (more than 8,000 gallons) and topcoated with Sherwin-Williams Acrolon 218 HS Polyurethane.
Sherwin-Williams lab personnel went extra innings to meet owner and architect specification in this project. The topcoat was specially formulated for very low gloss characteristics. Special pigments were also used to achieve and maximize a unique charcoal color.