Work continues on Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, set to open next year. (Courtesy Texas Rangers)

Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson to play Rangers’ new home March 14

Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson will christen new Globe Life Field on March 14 with a concert at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark.

The show, promoted by Live Nation is the first public event at the $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington. Supporting acts are Jamey Johnson and Yola. The Rangers announced the concert today.

Globe Life Field, a retractable-roof stadium with artificial turf designed by HKS, marks a new standard for concert production, according to project officials. It’s the first MLB venue to feature a retractable pitcher’s mound to be removed for on-field shows, which allows artists to seat the entire floor and extend the production from center field to home plate.

For most ballpark shows with an outfield stage setup, on-field seating extends to the infield portion and stops short of the pitcher’s mound.

In addition, event level provides 360-degree circulation for trucks with three entrances for loading equipment in and out of the stadium. The ballpark was designed with green rooms, production offices and other space specifically for touring shows, which also get access to the visiting clubhouse and two auxiliary locker rooms.

Globe Life Field is part of the Oak View Group Stadium Alliance along with Dodger Stadium, Target Field, Kauffman Stadium, T-Mobile Park, Comerica Park, Guaranteed Rate Field and TIAA Bank Field. OVG is the parent company of VenuesNow and Pollstar.

The Rangers’ first game at Globe Life Field is a March 23 exhibition against St. Louis, and their first regular-season home game is March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.