Baseball — it’s America’s national pastime. An outing to the ballpark is steeped in traditions encompassing everything from food and drink — peanuts and Crackerjack, hot dogs, and of course beer — to singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th Inning Stretch. The game can conjure up memories of simpler times or just provide a fun way to pass a few hours on a warm summer night.
Annual baseball operations run from approximately March through November, but the stadium also hosts other events. For example, in early 2016 the field was covered for a while by a skating rink to host outdoor college and professional hockey games.
Although attending a baseball game may teleport you back to simpler times, many aspects of stadiums’ physical structures have advanced significantly in recent years — often hidden behind the scenes, and even underground.
Many large facilities and high-rise buildings you find in a typical downtown make use of a utility that isn’t often thought of — steam. Most of us at some time have walked through a stadium, for example, and looked up to see the word “STEAM” stenciled on a pipe overhead. You may not have thought much more about it, but steam is an efficient source of heat and energy that is commonly used in manufacturing as well as business districts where you find concentrations of high-rise buildings and other facilities that accommodate large numbers of people. Steam is considered “clean” energy — it’s nonflammable, nontoxic, and chemically inactive with several process fluids. But there is still waste — more or less of it depending on how the steam is generated and used.
BJM’s SK Series Electric Submersible Pumps with Shredder Action gets antiquated system back on line after Hurricane Sandy and keeps busy tourist attraction up and running.
Ellis Island, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, is one of America’s most popular historic sites. The island is one of a number of small, naturally occurring islands in New York Harbor. Over many years, this island — which for millions of people represented the gateway to the New World — was enlarged from its original 3.3 acres to its current 27.5 acres by adding landfill from ships ballast and possibly excess earth from the construction of the New York City subway system.
The island was not always a point of entry for immigrants or a tourist destination.