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A landscaper uses a machine Tuesday to roll strips of Kentucky; bluegrass onto the field at Poiint Stadium in downtown Johnstown.

Ron Shomo stood on an elevated concrete plaza behind Point Stadium’s home plate, watching a baseball field take shape before his eyes.

“All of the sudden, you stand up here and see a ballpark,” Johnstown’s director of codes and permits said.

Even as crews continued with heavy construction work Tuesday, a contractor began rolling strips of fresh Kentucky bluegrass onto portions of the stadium’s field damaged during months of demolition and renovations.

That job – along with placement of a tall, yellow foul pole in right field – were symbolic gestures showing that the Point project is expected to be substantially complete by the time the All-American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament kicks off Aug. 7.

“We’re going to be working right up to the tournament with final touches,” Shomo said. “No major work, just odds and ends.”

Construction crews are working feverishly, including evening and weekend shifts.

In just the past two weeks, hundreds of seats have been installed behind home plate, matching the stadium’s rows of new green bleachers.

A net protecting spectators from foul balls now stretches above those seats, and a contractor has realigned the 80-year-old stadium’s lights to better illuminate the field.

Structurally, some aspects of the stadium’s makeover are not yet complete.

Workers still are toiling in the stadium’s left- and right-field concourses.

They also are building a tall stairway in the right-field corner, with construction trailers nearby.

Some improvements, including new locker rooms, won’t be ready for next month’s AAABA Tournament.

Artificial turf will not arrive until next year. And on the plaza above home-plate seats, a chain-link fence will stand where ornamental ironwork is supposed to be installed at a later date.

But Shomo said the project – which included extensive behind-the-scenes work and foundation reconstruction – has run relatively smoothly on an extremely tight schedule.

“It works just like a watch. All the pieces had to fit,” Shomo said. “It was all timing and scheduling.”

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