Globe Life Park in Arlington
Globe Life Park in Arlington is a multi-purpose stadium in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was built as a replacement for nearby Arlington Stadium and opened in April 1994 as The Ballpark in Arlington. In 2020, it was retrofitted for use as a football and soccer facility. The stadium was the home of the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. The Dallas Jackals of Major League Rugby plan to begin play at the stadium in 2021.
About Globe Life Park in Arlington in brief
Globe Life Park in Arlington is a multi-purpose stadium in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was built as a replacement for nearby Arlington Stadium and opened in April 1994 as The Ballpark in Arlington. In 2020, it was retrofitted for use as a football and soccer facility. The stadium was the home of the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. Currently the only active tenant is North Texas SC of USL League One, who are FC Dallas’s reserve team. The Dallas Jackals of Major League Rugby plan to begin play at the stadium in 2021. On May 20, 2016, the Rangers announced that they intend to move from Globe Life Park to the new Globe Life Field, beginning with the 2020 season. The new air conditioned stadium will feature a retractable roof, which many argue could increase stadium revenue from those who would otherwise not want to sit in the heat during games as the season progresses throughout the hot Texas summer, in particular those that occur in the afternoon. The largest crowd to watch a Rangers baseball game was on October 30, 2010, when 52,419 fans watched Game 3 of the 2010 World Series against the San Francisco Giants. Unlike Arlington Stadium, Globe Life Stadium was not demolished, and most of the concourse has been re-purposed into an amphitheater, as well as turning the current outfield facade into an office complex, the outfield facade, and the outfield fence into an outdoor beer garden. The redevelopment would have retained the ballpark’s outfield’s outfield office complex and outfield facade as part of the complex, but would have turned the current field into a large covered venue that could host concerts, charitable functions, and community events.
The city of Arlington spent USD 150,000 on an advertising campaign to persuade voters to approve the funding through a referendum by printing brochures, placing telemarketing calls, and planning a \”Hands Around Arlington Day. On January 19, 1991, over 65% of voters approved the deal, allowing the city government to cover 71% of the costs of building the new ballpark. The deal called for the city to raise the sales tax by half a cent to go toward construction. Both houses of the Texas Legislature unanimously approved the public purpose of the ballpark, and Texas Governor Ann Richards signed it all into law. The Rangers severed their relationship with Ameriquest on March 19, 2007, and announced the park would be renamed Rangers Ballpark In Arlington. On February 5, 2014 Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company, a subsidiary of McKinney-based Globe Life, bought the naming rights for the facility on February5, 2014. The first official game of the new stadium was on April 11 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame was opened on May 7, 2004, and renamed it Amerquest Field in Arlington on May 8, 2004. The team will move to Globe Life Fields in 2019. The club will be known as the Texas Rangers Republic. It will be located on the site of a surface parking lot between Randol Mill Road and Cowboys Way. It is expected to include sports bars, restaurants and a 300-room hotel to be developed in three phases.