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Brutal winter affects construction at Athletic Park in Wausau

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are about to hit the field and that means Athletic Park in Wausau is almost ready for business.

"It's going to be a great day at the ballpark,” said Mark Macdonald, the owner of the Woodchucks.

The final days of construction at the park are wrapping up. The park underwent a multimillion dollar renovation project.

"Painting up all the miscellaneous handrails and stuff, cleaning and final inspections," said Rick Beran, the field superintendent.

But workers faced one major challenge during construction, the brutal winter.

"It was days that we shouldn't have been out there but we were out there," said Beran.

The average temperature from the start of construction in August until now was 17 degrees. Workers faced 60 days of below zero temperatures.

"A lot of times the guys had to go in the trailer to warm up,” said Beran. “I mean wearing double pairs of gloves so when you take one pair off at least you have another pair underneath."

Now, it's heating up. Workers say that means its time to get the last minute tasks done.

"Days that we couldn't pour concrete because it was too cold to send the trucks we had to make up those days when it got warmer," said Beran.

The Woodchuck's owner says all that hard work shows dedication.

"There was a mad rush to get things done and the workers really showed a lot of determination and tremendous Mid-western work ethic to get the project done," said Macdonald.

"I mean every guy that's worked on it there's a little chunk of each one of them here," said Beran.

A piece of them that made it through the coldest winter yet, with an end result they can be proud of.

The Woodchucks home opener is Friday evening against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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