...and the reason why this stadium stands here today and why the Tacoma Rainiers are still playing at this ballpark has everything to do with this man... Ben Cheney. Cheney had built himself into a lumber magnate. He was afterall... the man responsible for innovating the 2 x 4. The 8 foot long piece of building material that is found in almost everything built since he invented it, replaced the 16 foot studs that carpenters used to have to have cut for their needs. Cheney knew how to see an opportunity and take advantage of it. This becomes most apparent when you realize the wooden chairs that surround him.