Globe Life Field
Globe Life Field in 2021
Globe Life Field is located in Texas
Globe Life Field
Globe Life Field
Location in Texas
Globe Life Field is located in the United States
Globe Life Field
Globe Life Field
Location in the United States
Full nameGlobe Life Field
Location734 Stadium Dr. Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates32°44′50.5″N 97°5′3″W / 32.747361°N 97.08417°W / 32.747361; -97.08417
Elevation278 feet (85 m)
OwnerTexas Rangers
Executive suites120
Capacity40,300
Record attendance43,598 (Concert; Morgan Wallen; October 8, 2022)
Field sizeBaseball:[1]
Left field: 329 ft (100 m)
Left center: 372 ft (113 m)
Center field: 407 ft (124 m)
Right center: 374 ft (114 m)
Right field: 326 ft (99 m)
Backstop: 42 ft (13 m)
Acreage270
SurfaceShaw Sports B1K (Artificial Turf)
Scoreboard111 feet wide and 40 feet tall
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 28, 2017 (September 28, 2017)[2]
OpenedMay 29, 2020 (May 29, 2020) (high school graduation)[8]
July 21, 2020 (July 21, 2020) (exhibition game)
July 24, 2020 (July 24, 2020) (regular season)
October 12, 2020 (October 12, 2020) (open to fans)
Construction cost$1.1 Billion USD
ArchitectHKS, Inc.[3]
VLK Architects[4]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[5]
Services engineerME Engineers[6]
General contractorConstruction Manager: Manhattan Construction Company[7]
Main contractorsManhattan Construction Company
Tenants
Texas Rangers (MLB) (2020–present)
Website
https://www.mlb.com/rangers/ballpark

Globe Life Field is a retractable roof stadium in Arlington, Texas, United States. It is the ballpark of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers.[10] It is located just south of the Rangers' former home ballpark, Globe Life Park (originally known as The Ballpark in Arlington and renamed Choctaw Stadium after the Rangers' departure and subsequent reconfiguration).

History

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Background

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Construction site in 2017. AT&T Stadium is visible in the background.

On May 20, 2016, the Rangers announced that they would vacate Globe Life Park. The new stadium was to be constructed in a public/private partnership and have a retractable roof.[11] The ballpark was approved on the following Election Day.[12] HKS, Inc. was announced as the architect on January 5, 2017.[3]

On January 31, 2019, the Rangers announced that the playing surface of Globe Life Field would be carpeted with synthetic grass supplied by Shaw Sports Turf, making them one of only five major league teams to play their home games on artificial turf.[13][14]

The Rangers cited weather as the reason why attendance at Globe Life Park was lower than in other baseball stadiums in major metropolitan areas, as the area is prone to high temperatures and frequent rain, and also why the venue, despite being barely two decades old, was wearing out far more quickly than ballparks of a similar age such as Jacobs Field and Coors Field. Therefore, the Rangers proposed that their new ballpark be constructed with a retractable roof. Unlike its predecessors, the new stadium's center field faces northeast rather than southeast.[15]

A new shopping mall, a Loews Hotel, and a ballpark village were planned to go along with the new stadium. After the Rangers left Globe Life Park, it was then to be renovated for football and soccer use and renamed Choctaw Stadium.

The plans to build the stadium generated a mixed reaction. The new stadium offers a more comfortable environment to watch baseball but extended 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."[16]

On December 14, 2019, a section of the roof caught fire while under construction.[17]

Opening

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Globe Life Field was originally scheduled to open on March 23, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season was delayed for several months.[18] Globe Life Field opened for a high-school graduation on May 29, 2020.[8]

On July 24, 2020, the Rangers hosted their first regular-season game against the Colorado Rockies, which they won 1-0. The Rangers played two exhibition games against the Rockies on July 21 and 22 at Globe Life Field. Joey Gallo hit the first home run at the stadium on July 26.[19]

2020 MLB postseason

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, Major League Baseball announced on September 15, 2020, that it would implement a playoff "bubble" starting with the second round of the playoffs. Globe Life Field and Minute Maid Park in Houston shared the 2020 National League Division Series second-round playoff series, with one series in Houston and the other in Arlington. The 2020 National League Championship Series and the 2020 World Series were played exclusively at Globe Life Field.[20] MLB allowed fans to attend games at Globe Life during the NLCS and World Series.[21]

Naming rights

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Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company owns the naming rights for the facility through 2048.[22][23]

Dimensions

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The marked dimensions of Globe Life Field pay extensive homage to Rangers history, honoring all of the team's retired numbers plus key seasons in team history.[24]

Location Distance (in feet) Honoree Significance
Left field line 329 Adrián Beltré Retired #29
Left field just inside line 334 Nolan Ryan Retired #34
Left field power alley 372 1972 Rangers First season in Arlington
Deepest distance (to left and right of centerfield) 410 Michael Young Retired #10
Center field (straightaway) 407 Iván Rodríguez Retired #7
Right field power alley 374 1974 Rangers First winning season in Arlington
Right field line 326 Johnny Oates Retired #26
Home plate to backstop 42 Jackie Robinson Number 42 retired throughout MLB

Notable events

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MLB

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All 6 games of the 2020 World Series were held at Globe Life Field, making it the first and so far only venue to host a World Series without its tenant playing in the Series; this was due to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating a neutral ground for the series. The stadium saw Joe Musgrove throw the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history against the Rangers on April 9th, 2021. Games 1 and 2 of the 2023 World Series (which the Rangers would end up winning in 5 games for their first championship) were hosted at the stadium. The stadium also hosted the 2024 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

National Finals Rodeo

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The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association held the 2020 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) at Globe Life Field instead of its usual location in Las Vegas due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Nevada's state-mandated health restrictions.[25]

College football

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Opening kickoff of the 2021 Army vs. Air Force football game at Globe Life Field

On November 6, 2021, the ballpark hosted a college football game for the first time when Army and Air Force played in the Lockheed Martin Commanders' Classic. The Black Knights bested the Falcons, 21–14, in overtime. The day prior to the football game, the ballpark also hosted its first-ever boxing matches, with the boxing teams of each academy squaring off; Air Force won 6 bouts to 4.[26][27]

Globe Life Field's football configuration has the end zones at left field and first base.

Concerts

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Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
July 24, 2021 Green Day
Fall Out Boy
Weezer
The Interrupters Hella Mega Tour 37,519 / 37,519 $3,200,000 Originally scheduled for July 31, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opening date of the tour, and first concert at the stadium.

August 21, 2021 Chris Stapleton Willie Nelson
Jamey Johnson
Yola
Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show Tour Originally scheduled for March 14, 2020 as the first public event at the stadium, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 14, 2021 Aventura
November 27, 2021 Metallica Part of Thriller Fright Club.
August 22, 2022 Def Leppard
Mötley Crüe
Poison
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Classless Act
The Stadium Tour 37,086 / 37,086 $5,561,368 Originally scheduled for July 14, 2020, and then August 22, 2021, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 23, 2022 Lady Gaga The Chromatica Ball 38,056 / 38,056 $5,365,094
September 18, 2022 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes
Thundercat
2022 Global Stadium Tour 41,362 / 41,362 $6,035,404
September 30, 2022 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 38,316 / 38,316 $6,876,473
October 8, 2022 Morgan Wallen Ernest Keith Smith Dangerous Tour 43,598 / 43,598 The concert was Wallen's first ever stadium concert. It was also the fastest sellout in the venue's history, and broke its attendance record.
October 19, 2022 Brad Paisley Tyler Braden
June 21, 2023 TWICE Ready To Be World Tour The first Korean pop group to perform in a stadium in Texas.
August 30, 2023 Jonas Brothers Lawrence Five Albums. One Night. The World Tour
September 30, 2023 RBD Soy Rebelde Tour 38,075 / 38,075 $10,458,075
July 28, 2024 ATEEZ Towards the Light: Will to Power World Tour
August 12, 2024 Def Leppard
Journey
Steve Miller Band The Summer Stadium Tour
September 11, 2024 Green Day The Smashing Pumpkins
Rancid
The Linda Lindas
The Saviors Tour
November 6, 2024 Pink Sheryl Crow
KidCutUp
Summer Carnival Originally scheduled for September 29, 2023 but postponed due to sinus infection, then rescheduled from November 26, 2023 for unknown reasons.

See also

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References

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  1. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (December 4, 2019). "Globe Life Field's dimensions honor key players". MLB.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Brumfield, Loyd (September 21, 2017). "Rangers Unveil First Renderings of New Globe Life Field, Set to Break Ground Next Week". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, T. R. (January 5, 2017). "Rangers Tab HKS to Design New Ballpark". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Globe Life Field". VLK Architects. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rangers Unveil More Globe Life Field Design Plans, With Emphasis On Natural Light". SportsBusiness Daily. September 22, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sports Facilities". www.jmeg.us. JMEG, LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Manhattan Construction Company to build new multi-purpose ballpark for Texas Rangers". ManhattanConstructionGroup.com (Press release). Manhattan Construction Company. September 29, 2017. Archived from the original on October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
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  9. ^ Texas Rangers [@Rangers] (November 19, 2019). "40,300..." (Tweet). Retrieved November 19, 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Mosier, Jeff (May 20, 2016). "Rangers New Stadium Plans Unveiled; Find Out What It Will Cost and Timeline for Its Construction". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (May 20, 2016). "Rangers, Arlington Announce New Ballpark". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  14. ^ Zwirko, Walt (January 31, 2019). "Rangers' new home to feature artificial turf". KTEN. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
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  16. ^ "10 Things to Know About the New Rangers Ballpark, Including Where It Will Be and How Much It Will Cost". The Dallas Morning News. May 22, 2016. Archived from the original on June 1, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
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  20. ^ McGrath, Luke (September 15, 2020). "MLB Announces Neutral Playoff Locations, World Series in Texas". Bloomberg News. Retrieved May 22, 2023.
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  22. ^ Bell, Allison (July 26, 2019). "Torchmark to Change Its Name to Globe Life". ThinkAdvisor. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
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  27. ^ "Falcons Take Down Army West Point in Texas". Air Force Falcons. November 5, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
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Preceded byChoctaw Stadium Home of theTexas Rangers 2020–present Succeeded bycurrent