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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Rangers promise to redevelop Globe Life Park if they get new stadium

With an election on a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers less than two months away, the ballclub and city leaders want to clear up rumors about backroom discussions on repurposing the old stadium while maintaining its charm.
The rumors, they say, are true.
Rangers co-owner Ray Davis and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams did not provide many details, but did confirm that the 22-year-old Globe Life Park will not come down.
“We don’t need to have all of these answers today,” Davis, co-chairman and managing partner of the Rangers, said in a statement. “However, I want to be clear that we can develop the solutions while still maintaining the aesthetic and character of this beautiful building.”
Williams boiled it down: “No. 1 is that the ballpark will not be bulldozed, and it will be standing for another generation.”
The comments followed an Aug. 18 Star-Telegram report citing sources as saying the Rangers and its development partner, The Cordish Cos., were working on preliminary concepts that included opening restaurants, additional offices and even residential condos in the wide concourses behind the stadium’s facade. The ideas included potential redevelopment of the field as a park or amphitheater …
Designed to be repurposed
Significant portions of Globe Life Park, which opened in 1994 as The Ballpark in Arlington, have been earmarked for preservation since serious planning for the new stadium began a couple of years ago. Davis, in the statement, said the expansive, signature centerfield office complex is “at capacity with tenants, and we hope those companies will remain.”
“Our existing retail store and the Hall of Fame space can both be used as retail spaces to support” the Texas Live! development, on the south side of Randol Mill Road, he added. “As plans for a new ballpark development evolve, we believe the interior of the ballpark could be refitted for another purpose while still providing options for additional development.”
Williams, who also is Vote Yes! campaign chairman, said the original architect of The Ballpark in Arlington had designed it to someday be repurposed.
“Look at those concourses, and those big ‘Ranger Green’ trusses,” he said, estimating that the concourses range in depth from 100 to 200 feet. “Those are big spaces that will work well for restaurants, retail, convention space and more offices.”

 

Fox 4 News
Rangers won't knock down Globe Life Park; Texas Live! to open in 2018

The Texas Rangers will re-purpose Globe Life Park if the team gets a new retractable roof ballpark.
The team and the project's developer on Tuesday revealed new plans and pictures for the stadium and the entertainment venue project known as Texas Live!
If voters approve a new ballpark in November, the facade of Globe Life will stay. Inside the shell of the stadium, the park would be turned into a venue for tenants that could include shops, restaurants and offices …
The Rangers also released more details about the Texas Live! development that will be built adjacent to Globe Life Park and would be immediately next to the new ballpark. Construction on the entertainment venue will begin as soon as the Rangers season ends and is scheduled to open in time for Opening Day 2018 at the current site of Rangers Lot A at the corner of Nolan Ryan Expressway and Randol Mill Road.
The 200,000 square foot space would include three venues:  Arlington Backyard (a covered area lined with bars/restaurants), Rangers Republic (a two-story building with restaurants), Live! Arena (a large indoor venue with restaurants and event space).
A hotel and convention center space would open in Fall 2018.

 

CBS News 11 
Arlington Mayor: “Globe Life Park Will Not Be Bulldozed”

“… plans about to be unveiled by the Rangers will mean new life for the current stadium.
‘The Ballpark in Arlington, now called Globe Life Park, will not be bulldozed,’ said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. ‘It will still be standing.
So how does the old brick and marble ballpark fit into the plans for a shiny new ballpark, hotel and entertainment center?
The current ballpark had a trick built into it few know about so it could have a life beyond baseball. The concourses are wider than those at many ballparks.
‘Those concourses were originally designed by the architect so that they could be repurposed for restaurants retail or convention center space,’ Williams said …
The Rangers could convert the entire ten acres into commercial, retail and park space. And they’ll leave the office space in centerfield still standing …
‘Oh, I think it’s a huge factor,’ Mayor Williams said. ‘Because all of us love the ballpark and to see the opportunity here for it to be here used and to contribute here as we move forward I think it’s an awesome thing.’”