Work continued at the site of the Cardinals future stadium in Glendale as concrete on the first of the columns was poured on Wednesday, September 3.
Foundation footers and support column footers at the northeast corner of the new stadium began receiving tons of concrete as construction crews poured the mix into forms which currently sit some 30-feet below grade.
Six winners of the Cardinals online contest "Fans are the Foundation" were selected to participate in this memorable occasion. David Corral, Jenny Orr, Chris Reichenbacher, Joanne Bucich, Lori Nowell and Jay Wolpe joined Cardinals President Bill Bidwill and Vice President & General Counsel Michael Bidwill, and officials from the Tourism and Sports Authority and Hunt Construction to share in the unique experience of becoming part of history by imprinting their hands into the concrete of column 24S.
"My husband entered us for the contest and it is just great," said die-hard fan Lori Nowell. "Everyone back at my work is exciting for me and I am an obsessed Cardinals fan so it is just great to be part of history."
Joanne Bucich and her husband Gary, season-ticket holders since 1989, both entered the contest but Joanne was the lucky one chosen as the actual winner.
"We haven't missed a game since 1988," shared an excited Joanne. "We've been through a lot of blood, sweat and tears of getting a new stadium so we are finally seeing the reality of it all. It's great to come here and know it is no longer talk and is actually going to happen."
David Corral, another long time Cards fan, felt honored to be part of the Cardinals legacy.
"It is neat to be on the ground floor of something that is going to be built and end up being so big," he said. "It will get covered up but we have pictures of it to last a lifetime."