According to sources, the Texas Rangers will announce plans for a new retractable roof stadium in the city of Arlington with an unknown opening date.
In the growing world of professional sports, stadiums and arenas have a much smaller shelf life than they did a generation ago. For one baseball team, that means that they will be planning a move from a stadium that is barely old enough to drink.
According to sources to the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Rangers are prepared to announce plans to move into a brand new, retractable roof stadium in the city of Arlington that would replace their current home, Globe Life Park (which opened in 1994 as The Ballpark at Arlington):
The Star-Telegram reported that a new $900 million ballpark be split equally between the city and the Rangers. WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that an election would be held in November to dedicate Arlington’s half-cent sales tax currently paying off the Cowboys AT&T Stadium to the new Rangers ballpark.
Neither the city nor the Rangers would confirm a press conference being held on Friday about the matter, but that a statement would be released at a later time.
The Rangers currently have a lease with Globe Life Park through the 2023 season, so it is unknown how long it would be before they could move into any new stadium. Since the deal would still be with the city of Arlington, the current lease could be ripped up at any time and makes the stadium more of a possibility.
The Rangers have called Arlington (a suburb 20 miles west of Dallas) home since moving from Washington D.C. in 1971, where they were the second version of the Washington Senators (the first one moved in 1961 and became the Minnesota Twins).
In December, the Rangers announced a new $200 million entertainment complex near Globe Life Park, so it’s unknown how that would be affected. The area near the stadium has seen growth since the Dallas Cowboys moved to AT&T Stadium (located right next to the Rangers home) before the 2009 season.
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