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Reroofing a Beloved Stadium in Reno, Nevada

by Ali Turner, editorial assistant


Nestled along the banks of the Truckee River, on the eastern portion of downtown Reno, Nevada, sits a treasured part of the Biggest Little City. Greater Nevada Field, home of the Minor League Baseball Triple-A Reno Aces and United Soccer League Championship Reno 1868 Football Club, has been a beloved part of Reno’s recreation repertoire for ten years. Over the past decade, Greater Nevada Field has enjoyed incredible success, but unfortunately for both the teams and the spectators, the stadium’s single-ply TPO roof began experiencing leaks recently. Greater Nevada Field operations management brought D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc., Sparks, Nevada, on to complete the reroof.

“When we started having roofing concerns, we looked around and talked to a few companies, but kept coming back to D&D Roofing,” said Chris Holland, chief operating officer, Greater Nevada Field. “It was a good choice. The project finished on time and on budget, and their team communicated with us daily regarding progress and any hurdles that were coming up.”

The first step was to remove all pipe boots, curb membrane flashing, and dispose of it properly. A 1/4” DensDeck® board was mechanically attached, followed by Firestone UltraPly™ InvisiWeld™ plates and heavy-duty fasteners. A Firestone 60-mil TPO was induction welded to the InvisiWeld plates, as well as to all curbs. Perimeter parapet walls received a layer of DensDeck prime roof board mechanically attached, then the TPO membrane was fully adhered to the board.

“The ballpark was in use by both the Aces and 1868 FC during the reroof project,” said Bill Lampson, marketing and business development manager, D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. “Coordination with the stadium’s operations management team was key so as not to interfere with vendors, spectators, or the games.”

An open stadium wasn’t D&D’s only obstacle. There was limited access to load roofing materials, as well as remove roof debris. With the help of nearby street closures, D&D’s trucks and cranes were able to situate themselves nearby. However, the crew still had to make sure the roof was watertight at the end of each day to guard against rain and damage to the offices and suites on the upper level.

When it came to choosing materials, D&D knew Firestone was the best choice for Reno’s crown jewel. Not only is it strong enough for Reno’s toughest valley floor winds, the new roof has a Firestone 20-year labor and material warranty.

“We chose Firestone because of their quality products and our 35-year relationship with the manufacturer,” said Lampson. “The new roof is performing great and will allow the city to enjoy their premier sports teams for many years to come.”

“With over 90 events happening here every year, we can not afford to let our fans down with a building that isn’t functioning and providing a safe and fun environment,” expressed Holland.