In 1999, Dodger Stadium management decided to begin a massive, seven-year revitalization program for the historic park at Chavez Ravine near Los Angeles. The stadium's concrete was in bad condition and deteriorating rapidly. Some of its steel rebar was even visible. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt set a goal for the renovation team to “bring the life back to the concrete so it would be able to withstand another 50 years of active use.”
During the 2004 off season, fabricator Polycoat Products of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and coatings contractor Innovative Painting and Waterproofing of Brea, Calif., performed tests on a 25,000-sf section of the stadium. The firms recommended that the concrete be coated with Polycoat 6072, a highly durable product that is manufactured using polyaspartic coating technology.
“We selected the topcoat because it is stain-, UV-, and abrasion-resistant, and it will ensure a long-lasting surface for years to come,” said Ashish Dhuldhoya, SVP of Polycoat. “We were also able to make a slight modification to the formula, allowing it to better fill in surface cracks.”
Following the 2005 season, the polyaspartic coating was applied to the rest of the problem areas in the stadium.
Bayer Material Science Input No. 226 at BDCnetwork.com/quickResponse