The Texas Rangers have unveiled renderings of their new $1.1 billion ballpark – Globe Life Field – which is set to open in 2020.
Rangers team officials and representatives from architect HKS Inc. said the venue in Arlington, Texas, will be the first “next-generation” ballpark.
Globe Life Field will seat approximately 41,000 fans and be directly adjacent to the Texas Live! entertainment plaza, which is currently under construction.
Bryan Trubey, the lead architect for HKS, explained that among the chief goals were to include an open-viewing theme throughout to allow fans to see directly into the field from the outside concourses and plaza.
It will be similar to the environments behind Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, both of which HKS also designed. Trubey said:
Everybody still talks about Camden Yards, which was finished in 1992. With the exception of Globe Life Park, all the ballparks built since then have been more similar than they are different, and we think it’s time for another transformation.
The park will feature a retractable roof with a skylight. Even when the roof is closed, natural light will be able to indirectly filter into the stadium — but it won’t affect players’ or fans’ vision.
Trubey said the roof will retract to the west, so that if rain comes in quicly, the infield will be the first thing to get covered instead of the outfield.
Creating an intimate environment was a goal as well. The roof won’t be “intimidating,” as Trubey put it, instead opting for a lower-profile, three-tier roof. The park will house the first known 360-degree, uninterrupted upper concourse, so as to eliminate obstructions between it and the field.
Seats will be situated closer to the playing surface, and Rob Matwick, the Rangers’ executive vice president for baseball operations, said they’re planning to install 14ft high netting that extends past the dugouts to protect fans from foul balls and stray bats.
The playing surface will be 70ft below ground level, so fans will be able to walk up from the outfield and see directly into the game.
The park will be 1.7 million square feet in size and take up 13 acres for a cost of $1.1 billion, which will be split evenly between the city of Arlington and the Rangers.
Groundbreaking for Globe Life Field will take place on September 28.
Images courtesy of HKS