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Old May 20th, 2016, 03:46 AM   #1
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ARLINGTON - New Retractable Roof Stadium

The Texas Rangers and the city of Arlington, Texas announce plans for a new retractable roof stadium.
http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texa...e-roof-stadium
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:05 AM   #2
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Wow interesting news out of left field, thanks for the article! Though I wonder, is a retractable roof really required for a baseball stadium in Dallas?
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:10 AM   #3
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So, now the average stadium is only supposed to last 20-25 years? Ugh.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:30 AM   #4
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Sources: Rangers, City of Arlington will announce plans for new retractable-roof stadium




The Rangers appear destined for a new stadium. And sooner than you think.

According to two major league sources, the Rangers and City of Arlington are about to announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium that is expected to come on line earlier than the current lease expires following the 2023 season. An announcement could come as soon as Friday.

It is uncertain how far ahead of the 2024 season the new stadium could be opened -- or how it would be financed -- but getting into a new retractable-roof stadium ahead of time is likely to significantly increase the value of the club and add multiple years of new revenue streams.

Construction of a new stadium likely would be subject to an election by Arlington voters -- probably to dedicate sales tax and potentially parking and ticket taxes to the construction effort.

http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texa...e-roof-stadium
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:31 AM   #5
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Wow interesting news out of left field, thanks for the article! Though I wonder, is a retractable roof really required for a baseball stadium in Dallas?
Absolutely. This is correcting a 20 year mistake.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:37 AM   #6
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There was some talk about a new ballpark in downtown Dallas, so I guess this news puts an end to that.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 05:19 AM   #7
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Absolutely. This is correcting a 20 year mistake.
Gotcha so there were a lot of rain outs for the rangers? (i don't really follow rangers baseball so this is all news to me)
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Old May 20th, 2016, 05:22 AM   #8
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It's hot there.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 05:25 AM   #9
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Got it though I dunno, doesn't seem like heat is worth a dome. A roof would make sense but that's it. A team like the Miami Marlins or the Seattle Mariners needs a dome because it rains all the time, but heat? I would think an awning over the stands would be enough.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 06:22 AM   #10
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BREAKING NEWS:

Arlington, Rangers expected to unveil plans for new stadium with roof


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ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington have agreed to build a retractable roof stadium in the city, multiple sources tell News 8.

Sources with the city say there will be a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday to make an “important economic development announcement.” Speculation is that the city and Texas Rangers have agreed on plans to build a stadium with a roof that would be funded in part by a half-cent sales tax once AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, is paid off.

The ballpark would cost approximately $900 million and be split equally between the city and the Rangers.

For the plan to move forward, voters will have to approve the use of tax money for a new stadium. The money will come from a tax that citizens are already paying.

Since construction began on AT&T Stadium, there has been a half-cent sales tax that went directly to paying off the debt for the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium. The original plan was to pay off that debt by 2035; sources tell us that the City of Arlington now thinks they'll have it paid off by 2020.

Officials with both the city and the baseball club declined to comment Thursday, including about a target construction date or location for the new park.

But Arlington officials have made no bones about their desire to keep the Rangers in town after the team’s lease at Globe Life Park expires in 2024. City leaders don’t like to talk publicly about it, but there have been rumors that business and political leaders in Dallas were trying to lure the team away.

“We need to show love for the Rangers right now, y’all, ” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams told the Rotary Club of Fort Worth last week, speaking generally about the city’s desire to keep its team. “The Rangers don’t want to leave, but there are other cities, and we know one that starts with a D that wants to take it. … Right now is a key time for us.”

The Rangers are playing their 23rd season at Globe Life Park, which opened in 1994 and still enjoys a reputation for providing baseball fans the nostalgia of classic understated architecture combined with modern restrooms, concessions and luxury boxes. The ballpark has undergone several renovations and improvements over recent years, which has kept the park from feeling out-of-date. The only thing it lacks is air conditioning.

For many fans, the ballpark still feels new, although it is now the 11th oldest facility in Major League Baseball. Eighteen other clubs now play in newer stadiums, including six parks with retractable roofs and one with a fixed dome. Cleveland’s Progressive Field opened the same year as Globe Life Park, which was originally known as The Ballpark in Arlington.

The lack of a roof and accompanying air conditioning is considered one factor that can keep fans away from Globe Life Park, especially during the dog days of summer, when the temperature can stay in the mid-90s even during night games.

The announcement Friday will be made just a few hours before the Rangers are scheduled to begin a series with the Houston Astros, which has had a retractable roof stadium since 2000.
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I'd say ridiculous but Arlington paid off their bonds from the Cowboys stadium 15 years early, so they have the free cash to do this again.
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Got it though I dunno, doesn't seem like heat is worth a dome. A roof would make sense but that's it. A team like the Miami Marlins or the Seattle Mariners needs a dome because it rains all the time, but heat? I would think an awning over the stands would be enough.
Have you been to Texas during the summer? The humidity is oppressive.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 07:32 AM   #13
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yep sure have, spent the summer in Houston. I've also been to Marlins games in south florida in 90 degree weather with 80% humidity, and we all managed to make it out in one piece. I guess I just feel like heat isn't a good excuse for a dome, football is one thing but baseball is a summer game. The only excuse I feel is if you're in Phoenix or Qatar where it gets 120 degrees in the summer. otherwise, the only good excuse for a dome is if it rains all the time.
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Right, and about 2,000 fans showed up to Marlins games on those days, too. And in Texas we're talking about high 90s/low 100s. It's true that there are worse things in life than attending a baseball game in August. But sitting in oppressive heat isn't exactly an enjoyable experience (whining kids, grumpy wife, etc.), and the attendance figures back that up. YOU personally may not find the heat a big deal, but as the article notes, Rangers fans have made their preference clear with their wallets. And that brings us to the biggest motivator, which is money.

Is it worth the expense of building a new stadium less than 25 years after opening the last one? That's debatable, but if you've got the money and the wherewithal to have a stadium with a retractable roof and thus make it a more inviting and fan-friendly environment, it's definitely preferable. There's a difference between wants and needs, and few will argue that the Rangers' entity will be in jeopardy should it remain in its present ballpark. But that's not what this is about. It's about money and to a lesser extent, civic pride. Money for the team, money for the city. And it's pretty evident that they'd like to keep them from going elsewhere (such as Dallas).

As for the weather issues, yes, thunderstorms are a regular occurrence in the southern plains. And we're not talking about a dome. The great thing about a retractable roof is that during mild days you can have it open but on particularly oppressive or rainy days, you have the option of providing a quality environment for your players and fans.
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Wow interesting news out of left field, thanks for the article! Though I wonder, is a retractable roof really required for a baseball stadium in Dallas?
1. *Arlington
2. The stadium is going to stay in Arlington.
3. The answer to your question: Yes.
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I'd say ridiculous but Arlington paid off their bonds from the Cowboys stadium 15 years early, so they have the free cash to do this again.
Yep.

Say what you want about the town... they at least know how to get shit done when it comes to their stadiums.
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Old May 20th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #17
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Good for them. Now if they can get something else going.
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I'm excited to see this!
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Yet Tampa rots away in a crappy location for another few years... But I am excited to see the plans!
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Have you been to Texas during the summer? The humidity is oppressive.
It's not just the humidity that's oppressive in Texas!
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