Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
formerly the Ballpark in Arlington and Ameriquest Field
Tenant: Texas Rangers (AL)
Architects: David M. Schwarz Architectural Services (Washington, DC); HKS, Inc. (Dallas)
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Location: Adjacent to Six Flags over Texas on the west side of the amusement park at the northwest corner of East Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way. Left field (E) Ballpark Way, right field (S) E Randol Mill Road and parking lot, 1st base (W) Pennant Drive and parking lot, 3rd base (N) park, Copeland Road and I-30.
Dimensions: Left field: 334 ft.; left-center: 388 ft.; center field: 400 ft.; right-center deepest: 407 ft.; right-center: 381 ft.; right field: 325 ft.; backstop: 60 ft.; foul territory: small.
Fences: Left field: 14 ft.; center and right fields: 8 ft.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is fan- and player-friendly with modern amenities that Rangers fans hadnít seen in more than 20 years of play in Arlington Stadium. Outside the park, visitors can wander up Nolan Ryan Expressway and stroll along the Rangers Walk of Fame, reading about each team in franchise history on the brick path beneath them.
Once inside, thereís a 17,000-square-foot baseball museum and a childrenís learning center, open year-round. Beyond the center-field wall, the park is enfolded by a four-story office building fronted by wrought-iron decor with a subtle cajun flavor. The top floor holds the offices of the Texas Rangers, the second and third floors are leased to local businesses, and the first floor has been turned into retail shops and ticket windows.
The field itself is located 22 feet below street level in order to avoid summer winds, and the seats alongside either dugout are as close to the baselines as any in baseball. The $191-million stadium took 23 months to build and features modern innovations like an infield tarp that is mounted on hydraulic lifts and stored below ground level along the left-field line. On top of the offices in center field stands a wind screen (measuring 42 feet by 430 feet) that minimizes the impact of stiff breezes.
On May 7, 2004 the Rangers announced a deal with Ameriquest Mortgage Company to immediately rename their ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington. The 30-year agreement was reported to be for about $75 million. A crisis in the subprime mortgage industry caused Ameriquest to give up its naming rights, and on March 1, 2007 the team announced the stadium would be called Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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Aerial view of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington © 1994 by Mike Smith.
Updated July 2008
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