Texas Rangers to announce plans for a new ballpark

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Texas Rangers to announce plans for a new ballpark

Post by HavanaMatt » Fri May 20, 2016 11:29 am

The Rangers and the City of Arlington are set to announce plans for a new ballpark, Evan Grant of the Dallas
Morning News reports. According to the report, a retractable roof facility is expected to replace what’s currently
known as 'Globe Life Park' in Arlington before the lease on that stadium is set to expire after the 2023 campaign.

As Grant explains, the timing of the agreement is tied to efforts from other localities to woo the ballclub,
with Dallas representing a particularly appealing possibility. Instead, Arlington will keep the organization by
facilitating a new building ahead of the lease expiration, which was a perk that only that city could offer.

While Globe Life is among the dozen oldest stadiums in the majors, it’s only been around since 1994. It opened
then to great fanfare, as it — along with what’s now known as Progressive Field, in Cleveland — joined Oriole Park
at Camden Yards as retro-styled stadiums with modern amenities. The successes of those parks spurred a round of
new construction that has shown little sign of abating.

With the move, the Rangers will join at least the Braves and Diamondbacks as teams in some stage of the
ballpark procurement process. Atlanta is set to replace the even-younger Turner Field next year, while
Arizona hopes to move out of Chase Field (which came on line in 1998) in the coming seasons. Other organizations,
most notably the Rays and A’s, are still navigating complicated paths toward their own replacement parks, with
the possibility of alternative locations still looming.
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