New Rangers Stadium Announced

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The City of Arlington, Texas announced plans to build a new stadium for the Texas Rangers baseball team in November. The $1 billion retractable roof stadium will place Globe Life Park into an early retirement and, if everything goes according to plan, the building could open as early as 2021. The Texas Rangers’ contract with Globe Life Park doesn’t expire until 2024, so while fans are waiting to watch their baseball team in the new stadium, it will be used to attract and host many other events year-round.

Although many are in support, there is still a large majority opposed, with their reasoning being that the Rangers have already spent over $50 million over a five-year span to upgrade Globe Life Park; in addition, they argue that the new stadium is expected to hold at least 38,000 fans while the current stadium already holds 48,114 fans and the funding required for construction will cost the city $500 million in bonds. This $500 million would take over 30 years to be paid off through half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel occupancy tax and 5 percent car rental tax. The Rangers have only been playing in Globe Life Park since 1994, less than 25 years.

In an effort to reassure those in opposition, Mayor Jeff Williams mentioned that no new taxes are involved. The taxes used to pay for the Cowboys’ stadium “would be reauthorized and go to the Rangers’ ballpark.” In addition to this, the city would not take sole responsibility for the cost: they would share the cost evenly with the team and the Rangers will take accountability for overruns.

Over the last few years, attendance at the park for Major League games has been progressively decreasing and the inclusion of a stadium roof, which is not in Globe Life Park, would help fans combat the high temperatures during the summer games.

The City of Arlington would benefit as well by having the ability to host many events during the off-season or when the stadium is not in use by the baseball team. The Major League players would also be provided with a state-of-the art year-round training facility that will hopefully bring them a World Championship.

Arlington proposed to assist in funding at least half of the new stadium and a vote on whether or not to shift a half-sale tax from construction of the AT&T Stadium to construct the sports arena took place on Nov. 8. Citizens voted 60 to 40 percent and passed the proposition, which guarantees that the Texas Rangers will stay in their hometown of Arlington until 2053 on their 82nd season.

In response to the vote, Rangers Executive Vice President of business operations said, “Our organization is very grateful to the citizens…it’s been a great relationship for more than 40 years, and we’re looking forward to the next 40. … Arlington has been a great home.”

The new Rangers stadium will be located in the parking lot on Randol Mill Road across from the current stadium.

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