Globe Life Park opened in April of 1994 as ‘The Ballpark in Arlington,’ and although the ballpark has had a few official name changes over the years, the majority of Dallas-Fort Worth sports fans refer to the place simply as either ‘The Ballpark,’ ‘Rangers Ballpark,’ or ‘The Globe.’ Globe Life Park is a retro-type ballpark with a unique feature of the outfield being asymmetrical, instead of common symmetrical outfield walls. This makes playing the outfield an adventure for visiting teams. The Ballpark design pays tribute to a couple of “old” parks such as Tiger Stadium, with Home Run Porch in right field and to Yankee Stadium, with a white facade above the ballpark. However, Globe Life Park has plenty of Texas-flavor architecture design on the exterior and the business offices in center field provides the ballpark its own identity inside. The playing surface of Globe Life Park consists of Tifway 419 natural grass grown locally in Granbury, Texas. The ballpark has five levels of seating with a capacity of 48,114. There are 127 suites.
Globe Life Park has provided a few historical moments. The first was on July 28, 1994, when Kenny Rogers pitched the only perfect game in Texas Rangers history. The following year, the ballpark hosted the Major League All Star Game, and in 1997 the first Interleague game (against the San Francisco Giants) was played at Globe Life Park. It has also been home to the only two World Series appearances by the Rangers (2010 and 2011).
Besides Texas Rangers baseball, Globe Life Park has hosted regular season college baseball games for Texas-Arlington and Texas Christian University, as well as the Big 12 Baseball Conference Championship Tournament.
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The phrase everything is bigger in Texas is true when it comes to the food selection at Globe Life Park. No matter where you enter the ballpark, fans are greeted with large varieties of concession options. The Ballpark continues to sell their staple of the past few years, "The Boomstick." A two foot long hot dog covered with chili, cheese, and grilled onions, is just the beginning to the food variety at the ballpark.
Besides the typical ballpark fare (with typical major league prices), there are more food items available at the $26 price such as the Beltre Burger, which is a one pound burger with bacon, jack cheese, and grilled onions. The Choomongus offers up marinated beef and spicy coleslaw atop a bakery fresh bun, and the Tanaco is a two foot long taco. A new item on the menu is Holland Hot'Chos sold at The Chipper stand. For $17, this culinary creation of tater tots is drizzled with Buffalo sauce and topped with steak, grilled peppers, and jalapenos served with a side of spicy queso Hollandaise sauce. If you're looking for something feeling that's reasonable for the price, try the $8.50 turkey Leg.
Of course, it wouldn't be Texas without BBQ selections and there are plenty around the ballpark. However, another touch of Texas is the State Fare concession. This stand serves Brisket Mac & Cheese balls for $10, chicken-fried bacon on a stick, for $8 dollars. The fried Twinkies, fried S'mores, along with funnel cakes rounds out the State Fare menu.
The Globe has a few other food places besides the concession stands. The Captain Morgan's Club is open to all the ticket holders and is an air conditioned restaurant/bar in the center field area. The Upper Home Run Porch seating area is home to the Cholula All You Can Eat section. For those who just want a small snack, there is the Centerfield Market. The market is a 'Grab N Go' place with beverages, sandwiches, and snacks that are more in line with a convenience store.
It is not just the food that has variety but the beverages as well. The ballpark serves Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper products. The prices range from $5 - $6.50, as well as bottled water, Powerade, Snapple Tea, and Venom Energy drink. There are frozen margaritas ($13.50), wine ($9 - $10), 12oz draft beer and 16oz premium beers ($7- $10). The premium beers include Red Hook, Shiner, Stella Artois, St. Arnold, and Rahr's in the concourses with liquor selections in the Captain Morgan Club. The ballpark has a craft beer stand, with prices ranging from $7 to $13.
Globe Life Park has a good atmosphere to see a ballgame and depending on where the Rangers are in the standings, the ballpark can quickly become a great atmosphere. Just ask anyone that was there the night the Rangers beat the Yankees to win their first American League Championship in 2010. The hardest thing about attending a game in Arlington is the weather. North Texas weather can change drastically in a 24 hour period. April-May is cooler than the summer months, but those months can be cold and wet. June-August are the hardest months to attend a game with temperatures over 100 degrees, and September is no easier to predict. A few consistent marks of Rangers games is the call to post for the Ozark Dot Race in the middle of the 6th inning. This on-field race brings a feeling like you are at the horse track, although the PA announcer does end the introduction with "No wagering, please." The 7th inning stretch and the traditional song of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is sung, followed by Cotton Eye Joe while the Rangers Six-Shooters (a group of young ladies that help with in game entertainment) sing and dance on top of the two dugouts.
Unlike the atmosphere inside the ballpark, the neighborhood surrounding Globe Life Park lacks atmosphere. The ballpark sits in an area surrounded by business parks. AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) is on the west side of the ballpark, and Six Flags is on the east side of the ballpark, next to the Arlington Visitor's Center. Tailgating around ballpark parking provides a nice atmosphere, but the stadium is a good distance away from any watering holes or restaurants. Some of the local restaurants provide shuttles to the ballpark for a small price of $5 - $10. The lack of options to hang out before and after the game makes the Globe Life Park neighborhood very sterile. However, since Arlington is between Dallas and Fort Worth, there are plenty of options within a short drive from the ballpark.
The Rangers fans can be some of the most avid, fun, and friendly fans you can meet in your baseball journeys. Although, there are a few teams and players that they don't welcome (alas, Robin Ventura, Alex Rodriquez, and Josh Hamilton). The long-time Rangers die-hards are great to talk baseball with as they mention how they loved the old Arlington Stadium and saw players like Ted Williams, Billy Martin, Jeff Burroughs, Jim Sundburg, Zisk, Canseco, Gonzalez, Palmeiro, Sierra, Pudge Rodriquez and Nolan Ryan.
The lack of public transportation to Globe Life Park provides a real disservice to baseball fans, so most fans are forced to drive and park for Ranger games. The Rangers have a valet parking service for $40 dollars. The general parking prices range from $5-$40. There are shuttles provided for the more distant parking areas, as well as bicycle carriages, and shuttles from the restaurants. Be careful if you decide to attend a Rangers game while there is an event at nearby AT&T Stadium going on. With the added traffic, it will make access to the ballpark even more difficult and more time is needed to find available parking lots.
The ballpark has four main entrances; Southwest Airlines First Base Gate, Southwest Airlines Third Base Gate, Mazda Home Plate, and Center Field Gates. The Southwest Airlines First Base Gate and Southwest Airlines Third Base Gate open two hours prior to game time for night games, and one and one-half hours prior to afternoon games. The Mazda Home Plate and Center Field Gates open one and one-half hours before all games scheduled game time. A recent change to the ballpark is that all gates have bags checks and metal detectors, but the Rangers security staff has a great handle on the logistics and keeps a steady and quick flow through the gates.
The wide concourses have easy to read signage allowing traffic to flow inside the ballpark. The well-designed bathroom access seems to flow just as easy as the concourse preventing any long lines. There are several elevators for suite holders or guests with special needs around the ballpark. There are escalators as well as walking ramps that lead from the lower concourse to the upper level of Globe Life Park.
Everyone loves a winner and Rangers fans are no exception. If the Rangers are winning, ticket prices can become expensive. The Texas Rangers box office uses dynamic pricing, so weekend games will cost more than the games during the week. However, you can guarantee the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels cost the highest in price, no matter the day as these games are considered premier games. Ranger's ticket prices range from $13 - $40 for most seats, while the infield seating are $50 to $150.
Globe Life Park allows outside food and non-alcoholic drinks into the ballpark, so although the food variety is outstanding, fans can buy a ticket without the additional cost of buying ballpark food. Finally, compared to the other sports teams in the DFW area, the Rangers are still the most affordable night of entertainment.
There are several 'extra' items which enhance the overall experience at The Globe:
- The beautiful design of the ballpark, a combination of the old style ballparks with a Texas flavor. The yellow foul poles were taken from Arlington Stadium and inserted into the current ballpark.
- Another point is for the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Museum located in the right field area where you can learn about the Rangers from their 1972 inaugural season at Arlington Stadium, Kenny Roger's perfect game, and MLB's first ever interleague game. You'll also learn about Rangers playoff teams in the late 90's and the two American League Championship Seasons. Globe Life Park is open for tours and is a brilliant way to see the locker rooms, press box, sit in the dugouts, or have field access.
- The naming of suite bays with a mural of Baseball's Hall of Fame Players on the suite levels.
- Banners of former and current Rangers players hanging around the concourse.
- The Nolan Ryan statue located in Vandergriff Plaza in center field.
Globe Life Park is a fan friendly place that provides a wonderful and inexpensive way to spend time with family and friends. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has so many things to offer for visitors from all over The Globe, and spending time at Globe Life Park should be on the list.
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.
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.
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.
I liked the stadium, it has some really nice site lines when looking towards the outfield, it is an older "new" stadium. It lacks some of the family activities that are becoming popular in the newer "new" stadiums, if that makes sense. The concourses are large, they need some up dating, the exterior has a presence to it. It is a huge contrast to its new neighbor (Cowboys Stadium)...
Globe Life Park opened in April of 1994 as The Ballpark in Arlington. Over the next 20 years, Rangers Ballpark, as the locals refer to it, has had four different name changes. However, the thing that hasn’t changed is the excitement of Rangers baseball throughout the years.
The Ballpark was built after Oriole Park in Camden Yards and is considered a retro-type ballpark. The unique feature of the ballpark is an outfield having different angles instead of the normal arch wall, making playing outfield an adventure. The Ballpark pays tribute to “old” parks such as Tiger Stadium in right field with seats in an area called the Home Run Porch. The ballpark design includes business offices in center field and helps to give the place its own identity.
Globe Life Park has provided a few historical moments over the last 20 years. On July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers pitched the only perfect game in Texas Rangers history. A year later the ballpark hosted the Major League All Star Game and in 1997, the first Interleague game vs the San Francisco Giants was played at Globe Life Park. It has also been home to the only two World Series appearances by the Rangers (2010 and 2011).
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