Globe Life Field is a baseball park under construction in Arlington, Texas. It will serve as the home of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball, and it is scheduled to open on March 23, 2020. Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company, a subsidiary of McKinney-based Globe Life, owns the naming rights for the facility through 2048. The new ballpark is being constructed across the street just south of Globe Life Park.
The Rangers cited weather as the reason attendances at Globe Life Park are lower than in other baseball stadiums in major metropolitan areas, since the open roof makes Globe Life Park prone to high temperatures and rain delays. Therefore, the Rangers are proposing their new ballpark be constructed with a roof. Unlike that of its predecessors, the new stadium's center field will face northeast and not southeast.
Plans to build the stadium have generated a mixed reaction. The new stadium will mean a more comfortable environment to watch baseball but will extend existing taxes used to pay for AT&T Stadium. According to The Dallas Morning News, "The deal calls for the city to issue $500 million in bonds to help pay for the stadium. A half-cent of sales tax, 2% hotel occupancy tax and 5% car rental tax would pay off those bonds over an estimated 30 years. Voters also approved a ticket tax of up to 10% and parking tax of up to $3 at the new stadium. That money would be used for some of the Rangers' portion of the debt, which was criticized by the opposition campaign."
In January 2020, fans were able to take an early look inside the new field. The retractable roof, which was fully closed, was the most popular feature to the fans interviewed by the Star-Telegram. They said the shade and air conditioning is what will keep them coming back to Rangers' home games. “It’s awesome,” Southlake resident Loujean Fuller said.
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