Globe Life Field

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Globe Life Field
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Globe Life Field is located in Texas
Globe Life Field
Globe Life Field
Location in Texas
Globe Life Field is located in the United States
Globe Life Field
Globe Life Field
Location in the United States
LocationArlington, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates32°44′50.5″N 97°5′3″W / 32.747361°N 97.08417°W / 32.747361; -97.08417Coordinates: 32°44′50.5″N 97°5′3″W / 32.747361°N 97.08417°W / 32.747361; -97.08417
OwnerCity of Arlington
OperatorTexas Rangers
Capacity40,000[1]
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 28, 2017 (2017-09-28)[2]
Construction cost$1.1 billion[2]
ArchitectHKS, Inc.[3]
VLK Architects[4]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[5]
Services engineerME Engineers[6]
General contractorManhattan Construction Company[7]
Tenants
Texas Rangers (MLB) 2020–

Globe Life Field is a baseball park under construction in Arlington, Texas. It will serve as the home of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.[8] It is scheduled to open on March 23, 2020.[9] Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company, a subsidiary of McKinney-based Torchmark Corporation, owns the naming rights for the facility through 2048.[10] The new ballpark is being constructed across the street just south of Globe Life Park.

Construction site in 2017. AT&T Stadium is visible in the background.

On May 20, 2016, the Rangers announced that they would vacate Globe Life Park in Arlington. The new stadium will be constructed in a public/private partnership and have a retractable roof.[11] The ballpark was approved on the following Election Day.[12] HKS, Inc. was announced as the architect on January 5, 2017.[3]

On January 31, 2019, the Rangers announced that the playing surface of Globe Life Field will be carpeted with synthetic grass supplied by Shaw Sports Turf, making them one of only four major league teams not to play its home games on natural grass.[13][14]

The Rangers cited weather as the reason attendances at Globe Life Park are lower than in other baseball stadiums in major metropolitan areas, since it is prone to high temperatures and rain delays. Therefore, the Rangers are proposing their new ballpark be constructed with a roof. Unlike its predecessors, the new stadium's center field will face northeast, instead of southeast.[15]

A new shopping mall, as well as a Loews Hotel, and a ballpark village are planned to go along with the new stadium. The Rangers have also planned to make Globe Life Park in Arlington part of the Texas Live! complex.

The plans to build the stadium have generated a mixed reaction. The new stadium will mean a more comfortable environment to watch baseball but will extend existing taxes used to pay for AT&T Stadium. According to The Dallas Morning News, "The deal calls for the city to issue $500 million in bonds to help pay for the stadium. A half-cent of sales tax, 2% hotel occupancy tax and 5% car rental tax would pay off those bonds over an estimated 30 years. Voters also approved a ticket tax of up to 10% and parking tax of up to $3 at the new stadium. That money would be used for some of the Rangers' portion of the debt, which was criticized by the opposition campaign."[16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Globe Life Field Overview". MLB.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Brumfield, Loyd (September 21, 2017). "Rangers Unveil First Renderings of New Globe Life Field, Set to Break Ground Next Week". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, T. R. (January 5, 2017). "Rangers Tab HKS to Design New Ballpark". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Globe Life Field". VLK Architects. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rangers Unveil More Globe Life Field Design Plans, With Emphasis On Natural Light". SportsBusiness Daily. September 22, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sports Facilites". www.jmeg.us. JMEG, LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Manhattan Construction Company to build new multi-purpose ballpark for Texas Rangers". www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com (Press release). Manhattan Construction Company. September 29, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Mosier, Jeff (May 20, 2016). "Rangers New Stadium Plans Unveiled; Find Out What It Will Cost and Timeline for Its Construction". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Reichard, Kevin (May 18, 2019). "Rangers Set Globe Life Field Opening for March 23". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Reichard, Kevin (August 24, 2017). "Globe Life Retains Rangers Ballpark Naming Rights". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (May 20, 2016). "Rangers, Arlington Announce New Ballpark". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  12. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (November 8, 2016). "Raise the Roof: Rangers' New Ballpark Approved". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Texas Rangers to utilize synthetic grass playing surface for the new Globe Life Field". Rangers.com. January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Zwirko, Walt (January 31, 2019). "Rangers' new home to feature artificial turf". KTEN. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Globe Life Field". Ballparks of Baseball. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "10 Things to Know About the New Rangers Ballpark, Including Where It Will Be and How Much It Will Cost". The Dallas Morning News. May 22, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.

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Preceded by
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Home of the
Texas Rangers

2020– (tentative)
Succeeded by
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