In May 2016, voters in Arlington, Texas approved the funds to build a new, state-of-the-art stadium for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. Now that Globe Life Field is the Ranger’s new home, what’s in store for “The Ballpark in Arlington?”
In 1994, Globe Life Park opened as a replacement for the aging Arlington Stadium, the home of the Rangers since they had moved from Washington D.C. in 1972. Originally known as The Ballpark in Arlington until 2004, the stadium opened to great approval. It has held many notable events including games of the 2010 and 2011 World Series.
But the stadium was not without flaws. It soon became apparent that holding games in a stadium without a roof or air conditioning in the brutal Texas heat was not ideal. The new Globe Life Field is set to have both a retractable roof and full air conditioning along with a turf field, which should solve that problem and draw more fans into the stadium.
With the Rangers moving across the street, what’s in store for Globe Life Park? Unlike Arlington Stadium, the ballpark was never planned to be torn down. Originally it was supposed to become part of “Texas Live!” an entertainment district set to be built between the two Globe Life stadiums.
That changed in the Spring of 2019 when it was announced that Globe Life Park would be converted into a football facility, and would host the new Dallas XFL franchise set to begin play in 2020. The stadium is also in talks to host high school sports and soccer, but no deals have been finalized as of yet.
It should be very interesting to see how Arlington continues to develop the area, with AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), Globe Life Park and Field, and the incoming Texas Live! entertainment center. If all goes well, the Arlington area may continue to be one of the best sports areas in Texas and the country.