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TEXAS RANGERS: Globe Life Park in Arlington
Formerly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the stadium came along at the same time retro ballparks were springing up across the major leagues, but for some reason it doesn’t usually get thrown in the group with the Baltimore Orioles’ Oriole Park, the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, or even the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field.
It probably should be. The architects (David M. Schwarz Architectural Services in Washington, D.C.) purposely incorporated numerous elements of parks of yesteryear. The numerous nooks and crannies in the outfield are a nod to Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field and the covered porch with pillars in right field is a throwback to Detroit’s Tiger Stadium.
But don’t worry about your Rangers tickets being obstructed view. As befits a stadium in everything-is-bigger-there Texas, Globe Life Park in Arlington takes up a staggering 1.4 million square feet, one of the largest footprints in the major leagues. The design looks strikingly similar to many of the downtown ballparks that have popped up recently. Of course, most of those feature open outfields with views of a downtown skyline. Since Globe Life Park in Arlington is in the suburb of Arlington, there was no outfield view available.
So the Rangers created one. Rather than opening up the outfield, they built a four-story office building in center field. Team offices occupy the top floor, the middle two floors are leased to area businesses, and the bottom floor is devoted to souvenirs and Rangers ticket sales. It’s a unique solution to the problem of not having anything to build around.
The office building is the centerpiece of a variety of activities in center field. There’s a baseball museum, a kids play area that includes a wiffle-ball diamond, and the usual speed pitch/batting cage combinations. Perhaps the most crucial addition to the center field play area? The picnic location includes water misters, which come in handy on those 100-degree plus Texas days.
Although the exterior is massive, the interior somehow retained some of the old Arlington Stadium intimate feel. The former home of the Rangers, Arlington Stadium felt much like the minor league park it used to be. While Globe Life Park in Arlington is decidedly major league, the seating areas and field level feel small enough to be manageable. Foul ground is minimal and the park has earned a reputation as a homer haven.
Year Built: 1994
‘12 attendance: 42,719 per game; 3,460,280 total
Dimensions: 334 to left, 388 to left-center, 400 to center, 381 to right-center, 325 to right
Hotels Nearby: Wyndham Arlington South, Howard Johnson Express Arlington Six Flags, Marriott Courtyard Arlington Ballpark, Sleep Inn Six Flags
Thrill of victory: Oct. 24, 2011: Entering Game 5 of the ‘11 World Series the Rangers and Cardinals were tied at two games a piece. The Rangers were able to score two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to a two-run double from catcher Mike Napoli off of the Cardinals’ Marc Rzepczynski. The Rangers’ Neftali Feliz nailed it down in the top of the 9th giving the Rangers a 3-2 series lead. Unfortunately for Rangers fans the Giants would win Games 6 and 7 capturing the Commissioner’s Trophy.
Agony of defeat: Nov. 1, 2010: The Texas Rangers trailed the San Francisco Giants three games to one entering Game 5 of the ‘10 Fall Classic. Texas sent Cliff Lee to the mound while the Giants countered with Cy Young Award-winner Tim Lincecum. Lincecum would get the best of Cliff Lee holding the Rangers to just one run and finishing off Texas in their home ballpark by a score of 3-1.
Rangers Ticket Tips: Rangers tickets, like the exterior of Globe Life Park in Arlington, have price tags that are somewhat sizable. You can’t work your way into a seat between the bases for less than $44, and even Club Level Infield seats run $58 apiece. But there’s also some good news: Globe Life Park in Arlington features three different sections with prices below $5 on game day: Upper Reserved, Bleachers, and Grandstand Reserved. The Rangers don’t really have any natural geographic rivals in the American League, but the interleague series against the Houston Astros causes some friendly Texan rivalry.