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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The phrase everything is bigger in Texas really comes alive 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 food selections. A few years ago, the Rangers made national news with a $26 hot dog called "The Boomstick." The two foot long hot dog covered with chili, cheese, and grilled onions, was just the beginning to the food variety at the ballpark. Besides the typical ballpark fare at the concession stands, there are now a few more food items available at that $26 price.
The Kaboom Kabob, a two foot long chicken and vegetable kabob with rice has been added to the concession menu. The Beltre Burger, which is a one pound burger with bacon, jack cheese, and grilled onions is available as tribute to the Rangers slugging third baseman. The Choomongus is marinated beef, with spicy coleslaw atop a bakery fresh bun, and the Tanaco, is a two foot long taco.
If none of those got your attention, how about bacon on a stick ($7), turkey leg ($8), garlic fries ($11), sausage sundae ($13), steak sandwich ($15.50), Bulgogl beef ($8) or the Texas-sized pretzel named Big Game Pretzel ($13.25).
Of course, it wouldn't be Texas without BBQ selections of which there are plenty of places around the ballpark.
The ballpark has all these choices around the concourses and the Rangers also provide food in the Captain Morgan's Club, an air conditioned bar in the center field area. The All You Can Eat Seats are located in the upper Home Run Porch area.
If these are still not convincing of how Globe Life Park is a food paradise, 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. There are frozen margaritas ($13.50), wine ($9.50), 12oz draft beer and 16oz premium beers ($7- $9.75). 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 does have a craft beer stand with prices ranging from $7 to $13.
When you go to Globe Life Park be sure you arrive hungry so you can try all the different food selections. Keep in mind though that the food variety is the size of Texas, so are the prices.
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 back to back World Series teams have brought a great atmosphere along with record attendance crowds to Arlington. The hardest thing about attending a game in Arlington is the weather. North Texas weather can change drastically over a 24 hour period. April-May is cooler than the summer months, but those months can be cold and wet. June -August are months that are the hardest to attend a game with temperatures over 100 degrees, and September is no easier to predict.
Unlike the atmosphere inside the ballpark, the neighborhood surrounding Globe Life Park lacks atmosphere. The ballpark sits in an area near 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. There is tailgating in the parking lots around the ballpark, but the stadium is a good distance from any watering holes or restaurants.
However, due to the distance, some of the restaurants provide shuttles to the ballpark for a small price of $5-$10. The options to hang out before and after the game besides the parking lots really makes a trip to Globe Life Park neighborhood very sterile.
The Rangers fans can be some of the most avid, fun, and friendly fans you could come into contact with on your baseball journeys. Although, there are a few teams and even players that they don't welcome. (Alas, Robin Ventura, Alex Rodriquez, and Josh Hamilton). The die-hards that have been Rangers since the old days 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, and most fans are forced to drive and park for Ranger games. Globe Life Park parking lots around the ballpark usually require a parking pass which forces general parking to be pushed away from the ballpark. The Rangers have a Valet Parking service for $40 dollars, and if you are a Lexus owner then valet is free as long as you register with your Lexus dealer.
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 harder and more time is needed to find available parking lots.
Everyone loves a winner. Rangers fans are no exception. If the Rangers are winning, ticket prices can be expensive. The premier games with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels are the highest, especially since the Rangers Box Office uses dynamic pricing. Rangers ticket prices range from $13- $40 for most seats while the infield seats are $50-$150.
Note about buying tickets: Be careful about buying tickets in the first couple of rows of a section as the Rangers raised the guard rails about 6 inches after a tragic death of a fan. This has now added obstructed views to many of those seats.
Globe Life Park does allow food and drink to be brought in to the ballpark, so although the food variety is outstanding, it allows fans to buy the tickets, without the addition 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.
One extra point goes to the design of the ballpark for combining the old style ballparks with a Texas flavor.
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, Rangers Playoff teams in the late 90's and to the two American League Championship Seasons. Globe Life Park is also open for tours if you're in the Dallas area while the team is out of town.
The phone charger stations is a very nice touch, but not enough to merit an extra point along with the naming of all the suites after Hall of Fame Players.
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)...
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