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The Heart of the Ballpark

Meet Jim Cuddihee, Vice President of Operations, Manhattan Construction

At the peak of construction over 2,000 individuals will be on site and working behind the scenes to build Globe Life Field. Take a look at the individuals under the hard hats, underneath the safety vests, and behind the construction of the future home of the Texas Rangers.

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Cuddihee oversees the field operations, as well as the day-to-day construction activities at the construction site. Construction has always been something Cuddihee has wanted to pursue, starting at a young age when he began working as an apprentice carpenter.  

"I had always been interested in construction. I always kind of thought that you started out as an apprentice and then you worked your way up. I didn't know you could get a degree in it," Cuddihee said.

As part of a promise to his parents, Cuddihee attended the University of Tulsa and received a degree in finance. While attending the University of Tulsa, Cuddihee began doing office work for a local construction company.

"That would've been in the late 80's when computers were just starting to roll out. They had just bought the computers and a computerized accounting system, so I helped them in the office for a while and then they let me start getting into the construction side of things," he said.

The office work encouraged Cuddihee's passion for construction. He began applying for full-time jobs in the construction industry, but no one would interview him because he lacked a degree in construction. About a month before graduation he made another decision about his career, to pursue a second degree, this time a degree in construction engineering from Oklahoma State University.

When Globe Life Field is completed in 2020 Cuddihee knows where he wants to be, on the field taking in the sights of a completed project that he so instrumentally had a hand in building. 

"I was down on the floor for the George Strait concert when AT&T [Stadium] opened and I just stopped and looked around. My wife's got a picture. It brought tears to my eyes," Cuddihee said.

Again when Kyle Field re-opened, Cuddihee was on the field for the first kickoff at the Aggie's remodeled home.

"You just stop and look around and there are 100,000 people that have no idea what went into their feet standing on the floor of the stands, and the blood, sweat and tears that 1,500 guys and gals did every day to allow them that opportunity to watch that football game or baseball game," Cuddihee said.

Opening Day 2020 will be no different, Cuddihee wants to be on the field for first pitch and look around at the 1.7 million square foot project he was vital in building. 

"I want to be able to look around and get that same feeling of accomplishment," Cuddihee said. "The fan in the stands has no idea how many hours went into them enjoying that baseball game, but you know that you are one of many people that got it accomplished."