*okay, officially the name is now "Globe Life Park in Arlington", but I can't get on board with that.
Opened: April 1, 1994
Architect: David M. Schwarz Architectural Services, Inc.
Cost: $191 Million
Championships: None (although it hosted the World Series in 2010 and 2011)
Globe Life Park in Arlington, formerly known as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, formerly known as Ameriquest Field in Arlington, formerly known as The Ballpark in Arlington, is a modern retro-ballpark built in 1992-1993, opening in the spring of 1994. It replaced Arlington Stadium, which had been home to the Washington Senators after they moved from DC in 1971 and re-christened the team be the Texas Rangers.
The ballpark was the second modern ballpark to be built in the retro "jewel box" style, evoking the bandbox stadiums of the golden era of baseball. Only Oriole Park at Camden Yards (opened in 1992) pre-dates this ballpark.
While the design features numerous hat-tips to classic ballparks (including old Tiger Stadium, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Comiskey Park, Ebbets Field . . .) one of the most visible features is the white office building that encloses the gap in the stands between left and right field.
While it gives the feeling similar to the Western Metal Supply building around with Petco Park in San Diego was built, this is in fact a designed part of the ballpark, and not a pre-existing structure. (Anyone who's been there knows that the ballpark in Arlington stands alone on the prairie, surrounded by parking lots and winding drives. I think you can probably see four or five states from the upper deck.)
For as large as it is, the ballpark does manage to keep an intimate feel; I saw a double-header vs. Boston here in 2001 and it had a real "ballpark" feel, as opposed to a stadium. For some baseball fans, myself included, that is a significant - and important - distinction. I found the fans there to be passionate but not obnoxiously so. (I thought that I had remembered that they sing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" immediately after "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" after the seventh inning stretch, but now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure that's in Houston.)
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