Globe Life Park in Arlington – Texas Rangers
A Gem Deep in the Heart of Texas
The Texas Rangers formally became the Lone Star State’s second major league club in 1972 when the second incarnation of the Washington Senators made the move from the nation’s capital to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
For the bulk of their existence, the Rangers dwelled at the bottom of the American League’s West Division, but their fortunes changed mightily when they moved into their new home field in 1994, in what is now known as Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Greats of the game such as Nolan Ryan and Iván Rodríguez helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time in 1996; the club reached its height by winning back-to-back pennants in 2010 and 2011, and then made return trips to the postseason in 2015 and 2016. On the horizon, a new Globe Life Park is being constructed adjacent to the current field and eyes a 2020 opening – until then, fans should not miss a chance to take in a game at this underrated gem.
Food & Beverage 5
As a whole, Major League Baseball has really stepped up its game in terms of food since the dawn of the 21st century. Gone are the days where unremarkable hot dogs and ballpark nachos were the highlights on the menu. These days, the food options range from gourmet to borderline ridiculous!
The Texas Rangers have a history of pushing the envelope in the food department. In 2015, the club unleashed the Boomstick on unsuspecting fans – a two-foot-long hot dog slathered in chili and cheese that costs close to $30. Each year, they have upped the proverbial ante in the food department, including this 2018 season with the introduction of such outlandish fare as the Dilly Dog (a hot dog nestled inside a cored out dill pickle and fried in corn dog batter) and the Lay’s Home Plate Chicken Sandwich (a piece of white meat fried chicken in which Lay’s potato chips serve as the crust).
If you’re looking to just have some regular food, there are tons of dining options on every level of the stadium. There is barbecue, burgers, pizza, tacos, ice cream, and even a State Fare stand that features deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies among other items; some of these food items are in the $10-$25 range, so keep that in mind.
One great feature of Globe Life Park in Arlington though is that you can bring in food and drink items from outside, so you can save a few bucks that way if you choose.
Globe Life Park in Arlington is a great venue for baseball, and is very reminiscent of that last great wave of new stadiums that were built in the ‘90s like Camden Yards, Coors Field, and Safeco Field. The red-brick facades and trellises hanging from the rooftop are subtle nuances that harken back to ballparks of old.
There are tons of reminders of the team’s past successes; the Rangers’ championship banners proudly wave above the scoreboard in left-center field. In the concourses, banners highlight the current team’s stars as well as its heroes from the past. In addition, you can visit and take photos with a statue of Nolan Ryan behind home plate, and there are multiple team stores throughout the park.
One thing to take note of before attending a game is the one central complaint fans have had for decades now, which is one of the chief drivers behind the construction of the new park – the heat. The temperature can easily reach 100 degrees or more during summer time games at Globe Life Park in Arlington. And while there are shaded areas to sit in, the majority of the seating is out in the elements; definitely keep that in mind if you are heading to a Rangers game.
Arlington is right in middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex – literally, it sits right between the two metropolises. If you are looking for things to do, places to eat, or luxuriant places to stay, you can find anything and everything you’re looking for with a short drive to either city.
In terms of attractions in Arlington proper, there are numerous options to check out there as well. Just down the road from the ballpark is AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys – you can take a tour pretty much every day throughout the year if you want.
Also next door to the ballpark are Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. These are two of the preeminent theme parks in the state, and both are literally within walking distance of Globe Life Park in Arlington. If you’re looking for something outside of the box, however, the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame is an interesting way to beat the summer heat in Arlington; a visit to this museum is reasonably priced and highly entertaining.
Fans have been coming out in droves to support the Rangers since their inception, even in the lean years. You’ll see a ton of tailgating before the game in the parking lots that ring the park, and team apparel – Ranger red, white, and blue – are heavily present. Jerseys, shirts, and caps are everywhere. You can also find fans on every level of the stadium, which adds to the atmosphere. Ranger fans are vocal and supportive, and when the ball club is good, you will be hard-pressed to find a seat close to the action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Globe Life Park in Arlington is easily accessible off Interstate 30, and there is plenty of signage leading up to the park from the highway. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is one of the largest in the nation, and has flights arriving and leaving from across the globe 24 hours a day. It is also a short drive away from Globe Life Park in Arlington, if you want to go that route.
Parking is ample around the field, with prices ranging from $10-$30, depending on how close you want to park. One great option is the Arlington Trolley, which makes stops at nearly all of the hotels in the area around Globe Life Park in Arlington, and shuttles you from attraction to attraction and back again. Ride sharing stops are also available near the stadium.
Return on Investment 5
Single game tickets for Rangers games at Globe Life Park in Arlington start as low as $17 for upper level seating, and can run as high as $140 for VIP boxes near the infield. The bottom line is that you can spend as much or as little as you feel comfortable with at games here – you can bring in your own food and drinks, and using a ride sharing option or walking from a hotel near the stadium will help you eliminate parking costs.
The ballpark itself is gorgeous and is a perfect venue for baseball, minus the omnipresent heat. If you attend a Rangers game, you will have a great time. Period.
It’s worth mentioning again that when they started redesigning ballparks in the 1990s – and the trend continues to this day – they really took into consideration the overall fan experience, and there really are a ton of things for fans to do during lulls in the on-field action at Globe Life Park in Arlington. There is a play area for kids, and there are numerous games and shopping kiosks throughout every concourse.
There is also the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame near the center field entrance to visit. The team has their own mascot, Rangers Captain, who entertains the crowd in-between innings and fires everyone up during the seventh-inning stretch. The club is also the innovator of the live, human dot race, which is always fun to see. In late 2018, Texas Live!, a new mixed-use entertainment complex, will open right outside Globe Life Park in Arlington. This should prove to be a game changer in terms of what fans can see and do before, during, and after Rangers games. Stay tuned for that!
I had never been to a Rangers game before and had made it a point to visit Globe Life Park in Arlington before the new field is constructed. I was blown away by its beauty and by how great of a venue it is for baseball. For fans who have enjoyed this facility for nearly 25 years, they can consider themselves among the fortunate fans in baseball.
If you have a chance to visit Globe Life Park in Arlington in the next two years, make sure and do it. I’m sure the new stadium will be amazing, but there really is nothing quite like a venue such as this one.
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Latest Crowd Reviews
The third of the &quotretro-classics&quot was just what the Rangers needed in 1994, but they are getting ready to move into new digs in 2019. I am not sure what the history books will say about this one, Glove Life--we hardly knew you.
Globe Life Park is a fan-friendly place that provides a wonderful and inexpensive way to spend time with family and friends. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has so many things to offer for visitors from all over the world, and spending time at Globe Life Park should be on the list.
Hard to believe this park is soon to be replaced, but without a roof the game day experience is highly weather dependent. Generally a nice park, but I thought it a little generic compared to others in the major leagues. Locals were friendly, and the food was top-notch. I stayed in Dallas and got an Uber both ways there&#039s a dedicated lot for pick ups after the game.