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Fenway Build: Smooth sailing on Day 2

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Day Two of the massive rink buildout at Fenway Park is proceeding along as smoothly as Day One did, according to NHL Facilities Operations Manager Dan Craig.

"So far we're on plan," Craig told around 1:30 p.m. ET Friday. "Day Two, everything is good."

Craig said the workers were able to lay down 90 percent of the foundation for the rink before leaving the ballpark at 11 o'clock Thursday night. Friday brought cold temperatures but sunny weather into the Boston area allowing the workers to stay right on schedule.

Friday's main task, which Craig said was ongoing as we spoke in the afternoon, is "tying off the radius' " by first and third bases so it's all straight. The field at Fenway Park crowns at first and third, which requires a little extra work to make it level.

The rink is going to be built six inches off the top of the field.

"We need to make sure it's all level," Craig said. "That's the main focus and that's where the extra work is just to make sure it's all level."

The crew is also laying plywood down around the outside perimeter of the rink so on Monday when the boards arrive they can be bolted down. The panels for the ice will also go down Monday.

"Everything has to tie together so when we have a hard hitting game it's all intact," Craig said.