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Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (map it)
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Year Opened: 1994
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Known simply as the Ballpark in Arlington, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington opened up in April of 1994 and has seen a transformed team over the years. The Rangers have come into their own over the last couple of years as they have made it to the World Series the past two years, but have unfortunately come up short both years.
The Rangers production of key young players likes Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Yu Darvish have the Rangers looking as though they plan to stay near the top for a while. The Rangers have one of the more unique ballparks in MLB which includes many nooks and crannies in the outfield and a tail wind that is a hitter’s delight. If you walk around the ballpark in Arlington you will find many items that not only catch your eye but also your taste buds such as the two foot long hot dog, known as the BoomStick.
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The Rangers have a variety of everything when it comes to food and beverage items. If you can think it up, it is probably offered here. New in 2012 is the well-publicized BoomStick, which is a two foot long Texas-sized one pound hot dog that seems to be garnering all kinds of national attention. The price tag on this hefty dog unfortunately will run you $28, but on the bright side you should be able to feed two people (or more). Also, just to let you know that every thing is bigger in Texas, the Rangers have a massive three pound pretzel. Just cover it in cheese or mustard and you have a meal for the whole family. The Rangers have done a great job for the 2012 season in adding over 50 new points of sale for food and drinks which helps eliminate painful lines that were seen in the past.
One of my favorite spots to grab a bite to eat is Ryan's Express which serves several varieties of hamburgers produced by baseball Hall of Famer, and Rangers President, Nolan Ryan. Another great selection that is a must try is the Smokehouse 557 which specializes in brisket and gets its name from the location of the meat smoker which is 557 feet from home plate. As you walk around the concourse you should have no problems in finding something to please the palette from gourmet hot dogs to street tacos which are made fresh at the stand.
With the recent uproar of the Rangers, the fans have followed and show their spirit each night. The Ballpark in Arlington is a great place to watch a ball game, but I would highly recommend going during the earlier months of the season as the Texas heat can get pretty brutal, and unlike their counterpart south in Houston, the Rangers have no retractable roof. The June, July, and August months get so warm that day games are absolutely impossible and the night ones can still stay pretty toasty until the sun eventually fades away. The ballpark is a beauty though and is well worth the visit; I would just recommend making that visit in April or May or bring some shades and plenty of sunscreen.
The Ballpark in Arlington definitely lacks when it comes to places to eat near or around the ballpark. If you are looking for places to hang out you will find plenty of options from Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor to the enormous new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, however there are very few places to grab a bite to eat or drink within close proximity.
I did find a couple of places off of Tom Landry Freeway which included a Joe's Crab Shack and Sherlock's Pub and Grill, both places are franchises though and didn't offer anything out of the norm. Both places are hotbeds for visitors before and after the game, so come early if you want to beat the rush.
With the rise in popularity of the Rangers over the past few years the fans have come out in abundance. Rangers fans are some of the best in baseball. They are consistently friendly and do a great job of welcoming even out of town fans. The fans have begun to sell out the Ballpark in Arlington, something you rarely saw over the past years. The fans are knowledgeable and know baseball and are willing to share their Rangers baseball knowledge with any fan that may ask, so make sure to make some friends during your visit.
Parking can be somewhat treacherous, especially the closer you get to the ballpark. Much of this is due to the placement of the ballpark, which to some can seem to be in the middle of nowhere. If you don't have a parking pass though, and don't mind a little bit of a walk, parking can be found for $10-$15, which isn't excellent by today's standards but isn't out of line compared to other MLB stadiums.
The fans are doing their share in filling up the ballpark, so finding tickets for marquee games such as against the Yankees, Angels, and Red Sox's can be a tad difficult to find. However, most tickets can be found for between $18-$38, with your more highly sought after tickets in the $50-$60 range. All of this doesn't make for a cheap trip to the ballpark, but you get what you pay for.
One extra point goes to Nolan Ryan and the great job he has done in helping bring the Rangers out of mediocrity and back into the spotlight, something the Dallas/Arlington area has been looking for quite some time.
One extra point for the BoomStick and colossal pretzel. These really have to be seen to believe, absolutely amazing and surprisingly tasty.
My last point goes for the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Museum, if you're a fan of the Rangers or want to better know the history of the Rangers, then this is a definite must see.
In 1994, the Rangers played their first game in what has become known as "The Ballpark." It's an architectural beauty that borrowed components from great stadiums of the past, but still delivered something entirely Texan.
The Ballpark is one that I feel like I need to experience again. Not sure if it was the heat, or my memory has gotten bad, but there is nothing specific that I remember about the trip to Arlington. That is to say, nothing that stands out as either real good or real bad.
When I saw on my Facebook feed that this was ranked as a Top 5 ballpark, I had to step in and and throw out a rating.
The neighborhood is awful. You have to walk quite a bit to get to any establishment from the stadium. You'll find that most of them within a mile are chain restaurants. Joe's Crab Shack might be the most annoying chain of all-time. It seems like a disco for children with average crab legs. Unless you enjoy hanging out at a children's daycare, stay far away from there.
The fans are very average. Even during the World Series, you can tell that they are not spectacular by any means. Prior to 2010, any Rangers highlight showed the stadium mostly...empty. I can't say you see many Rangers fans anywhere.
The access is my biggest complaint. It is located in Arlington, which is a bit too far away from any excitement in Dallas. The traffic in and out of there can be so awful that many hotel shuttles will refuse to go there on Gameday and cabs charge an exorbitant rate to get you there. Public transportation is very limited.
If you go during the summer months, you'll probably lose a good 5 pounds sweating from the Texas heat.
The ballpark is attractive, but doesn't warrant a 4.6 rating
Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of this ballpark during anytime but the middle of summer. I will say though this ballpark is in a bad area with not much available. As the team gets better the atmosphere gets better though. I just hope that one day more businesses or things to do open up in the area, as for now its a mediocre experience.
I've spent many a summer nights here at The Ballpark. To me it's one of the better places to watch a game even with the oppressive heat that can be had at times. The food is fantastic, there isn't a bad seat in the house, and there is more to the stadium than the game. Be sure to check out the Legends of the Game Museum during your visit. It's a great little baseball museum. There isn't much around the neighborhood, although there are a few decent restaurants. If it gets too hot for you, head on into the restaurant out in right field for a cold beverage.
There aren't many times people have said this before when it comes to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, but I can be one of them: I have actually sat at a Rangers game, freezing. It was early April in 2010 and the Rangers had a game against the Blue Jays. Temperature got to about 55 but wind gusts of about 30 mph most nights knocked it down to feeling about 45.
That said, I had a great time at the game and the one after I went to. The fans were excellent/knowledgeable and the place was clean. The food was varied though not overly tasty. It was easy to get to and you felt safe around the park.
My ONLY complaints were that the sightlines were rough nearly anywhere on the right side of the field and the scoreboard was too high that it gave me a sore neck.
The other issue was they had some sort of private gathering for the Rangers Hall of Fame & Museum and that cut out a lot of the places to go, so I felt robbed of seeing their museum.
Overall, everything felt big about that park, and when it is a big BALLPARK (not stadium), that is always a good thing in my book.
1304 East Copeland Road
Arlington, TX 76011
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Arlington, TX 76011
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