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Globe Life Field
New home of the
Texas Rangers (2020- )




Globe Life Field

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("translucent" roof) second deck (exposed) upper deck (exposed) full view (exposed) " " (roof open) " " (roof half closed) " " (roof closed)
Arlington stadiums
Globe Life Park
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Vital statistics:
Lifetime Seating
capacity
Seating rows
(typical)
Overhang /
shade %
Est. territory
(1,000 sq. ft.)
Fence height  CF
orien- tation
Back-stop Outfield dimensions
Built Status Lower deck Middle deck Upper deck Lower deck Upper deck Fair Foul LF CF RF Left
field
Left-center Center field Right-center Right field
2020 NEW 40,300 22 18 11+12 (5%) (0%) 110.4 23.1 8 8 8 NNE 42 329 372 407 374 326

NOTE: Figures in parentheses are estimated actual distances, when markers are in non-standard locations, erroneous, etc. Parentheses for the overhang / shade % refer to the fact that the entire stadium is usually shaded by the retractable roof.

"BEEN THERE" (ahead of time): While visiting Globe Life Park in 2014, I parked very close to where the future Globe Life Field would be built. Construction began four years later.

In 2016, a proposal to build a new stadium for the Rangers with fewer seats and more shade was floated, and after the usual political wrangling, construction began in mid-2018. And thus, when the 2020 season (delayed by the coronavirus) finally begins, Globe Life Field will officially replace Globe Life Park after only 26 years of service for the Rangers (1994-2019). At a total project cost of $1.2 billion, that seems like an awful waste of taxpayer resources. Globe Life Field is located just south of its predecessor near Six Flags Over Texas, in the suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. About a half mile to the west stands the imposing AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

There are supposedly seven tiers of seating sections in Globe Life Field, four decks and three luxury suite levels, including a ground-level section between the dugouts. (Dodger Stadium pioneered this feature.) exemplifying the modern trend of segregating fans into as many distinct classes as is feasible, to maximize ticket revenue. The large second deck is separated from the first deck only by a thin layer of luxury suites, with no discernible overhang, and can almost be considered an extension of the first deck. Yankee Stadium II is similar in this respect. The structural supports for the roof forced a number of discontinuities in the upper deck, most notably on the right side behind home plate. There seems to be a multi-level press box in that area. In right field there are two large decks, presumably catering to budget-conscious fans. Evidently, however, there are no economy-priced bleacher seats. In left field there are three small decks, with the upper-most one being weirdly elevated about 20 feet higher than it needed to be. Perhaps it's a challenge for sluggers to reach those seats with a long blast. Another such challenge can be found in right field: a scoreboard that hangs from beneath the edge of the fixed portion of the roof, about 50 feet in front of the right field wall. The bottom side is 131 feet above the field, and one would assume that the ground rules will award a home run to any batter who strikes the scoreboard. Speaking of elevation, the field is about 50 feet below ground level, and this design required a massive excavation effort.

Of all the modern retractable-roof baseball stadiums in America (Rogers Centre, Minute Maid Park, Chase Field, Miller Park, and Marlins Park), this one is unique in having a single movable panel.

thumbnail There is much to like about Globe Life Field, including "meaningful" (as opposed to arbitrary) asymmetry in the outfield dimensions, conforming to the overall structural design. Apart from the fact that the left field fence angles inward, the outfield layout (including the bullpens) is quite similar to Globe Life Park. The signature architectural feature is the row of 18 tall brick arches that support the roof along the north side. Globe Life Field bears a few similarities to many similarities to the new home of the Braves, Truist (formerly SunTrust) Park.. Being enclosed by a retractable roof, this field will presumably be much less subject to high winds than its predecessor was. One negative factor (necessitated by the need to keep the roof closed throughout the hot Texas summer) is the artificial turf: This is the first new MLB ballpark since Tropicana Field with fake grass. At least there will be less expense in watering the grass during those hot Texas summers.

How long will it be before Globe Life Field hosts an All Star Game or World Series? After their disappointments in the 2010 and 2011 World Series, it's hard to say where the Texas Rangers are headed. Much will depend on drawing big crowds to the new ballpark, which in turn will depend on the state of the economy and whether the upper-middle class grows or shrinks in future years. Given the high costs involved with creating this sports palace, there probably won't be many working-class fans in the stands.

SOURCES: mlb.com (Rangers' website)

FAN TIPS: Clifford "Bucky" Nance

Arlington stadiums
The Clem Criteria: (preliminary)
Field
asymmetry
Architectural
design
Seat
proximity
Location * Aesthetics Overall
7 7 7 3 6 6.0

* See the Stadium locations page.




Click on the camera icons (camera) below to see the photos, one by one.

camera #1 Aerial view, under construction. (Courtesy of Clifford "Bucky" Nance, March 2019.)

Globe Life Field aerial UC

Globe Life Field:
Chronology of diagram updates


 



Roll your mouse over the adjacent thumbnail to see the original (Juy 7, 2020) version. .

Globe Life Field
 
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