Uni-Systems Engineering, Inc.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Completed 2007

Location: Houston, Texas

Scope of Work: Design, Supply, Installation

Minute Maid Park

Squeeze Play Running Man

The Squeeze Play Running Man at Minute Maid Park is popular with children and adults alike. Participants race against the the giant baseball player, trying to beat him to first base. The operator adjusts Running Man’s speed, making the game fun for kids of all ages.

The staff of Uni-Systems Engineering designed, supplied, and installed the updated structure and electro-mechanical drive system for the Minute Maid Park Squeeze Play Running Man feature. The 15-foot tall aluminum cut-out is driven 37.5 feet along a stainless steel rail, which is below the floor level and out of sight. The 15 horsepower belt drive system quietly moves the figure up to 15 feet per second, with speed quickly and easily adjusted by the operator. Fencing on all sides of the Running Man keep participants safe from moving parts. Emergency stop buttons and a foot pedal allow for immediate stops in case of any emergency.

Uni-Systems Engineering staff also designed, supplied, and installed the retractable roof mechanization, and the ornamental train at Minute Maid Park.