Tag: Globe Life Field

Year End 2020: Big Year for Big Buildings

SOFI SCORES: SoFi Stadium’s center-hung videoboard commands attention during Los Angeles Rams and Chargers games. (Getty Images) The crowds will come later, but these stadiums are making their mark  The two most expensive stadiums in the world opened in 2020 to muted applause, underscoring the pandemic’s devastating effect on the sports and entertainment industry. SoFi Stadium, at cost of $5 billion, and Allegiant Stadium, a $2 billion facility, represent the future of NFL stadium design with starkly different looks. What they both shared, though, was playing games in empty venues.  Fans were not allowed to attend Rams, Chargers and Raiders games. In Southern California, state and local requirements prevented both Los Angeles NFL squads from hosting fans. In Las Vegas, team owner Mark Davis made the decision to ensure fairness for all of Raider Nation. Overall, both buildings reflect their surroundings on the West Coast.  SoFi Stadium’s swoopy roof canopy […]

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Series Per Caps Strong at Globe Life Field

Television ratings may be down for Major League Baseball’s postseason but per capita spending is up at Globe Life Field, despite all the pandemic-related restrictions in Arlington, Texas.

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Delaware North Feeds Boston Fans’ Passion

Delaware North, the owner of the Bruins and TD Garden, has used The Hub on Causeway, its $1 billion retail and entertainment district tied to the arena, to help keep fans of the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox engaged during the pandemic.

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Video: Digital Sessions With Rob Matwick

Texas Rangers exec talks about Globe Life Field coming to life Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2 billion stadium, is starting to see some activity. Players are working out at the venue and about one-third of the front-office staff gathered there over the past week, according to Rob Matwick, the team’s executive vice president of business operations. In the newest installment of VenuesNow Digital Sessions, Matwick discussed the situation with the new ballpark and potential adjustments post-COVID-19 at the 40,500-seat facility. The state of Texas classified construction as essential work, since the stay-at-home orders were put in place in March, and other restrictions have been lifted, resulting in the Rangers slowly ramping their operation back up in Arlington. “Last week, we started batting practice on the field with a couple guys at a time,” Matwick said. “They’re allowed now to come in — if they live in the area — and use the weight room. […]

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For Four New Venues, Opening Day Becomes a Moving Target

READY TO GO: Lynn Family Stadium is one of the new venues that postponed spring openings because of COVID-19. (Courtesy Louisville City FC) The national shutdown of sports and entertainment venues put a damper on four stadiums poised to open this spring across the country.  Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2 billion palace, is the most prominent facility affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Elsewhere, three smaller projects were ready to pop the bubbly until the coronavirus shelved those celebrations: Lynn Family Stadium, a soccer venue in Louisville; Wichita’s Triple-A Riverfront Stadium; and O’Brate Stadium, a college baseball facility in Stillwater, Okla. Keeping the doors closed after the outbreak has been a tough break for all four buildings and the principals involved in those developments. There are obvious concerns over the financial implications of losing revenue from events postponed and canceled because of the shutdown. If there’s a silver […]

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Worth the Wait

GLOBAL VISION: The Texas Rangers are ready to showcase their new diamond gem when MLB determines it’s safe for ballparks to open their doors again. (Courtesy Texas Rangers) When it opens, Globe Life Field will show off more than the big Texas sky ARLINGTON, TEXAS — In one of its first ballpark development meetings with the Texas Rangers, project architect HKS was eager to discuss its vision for Globe Life Field’s majestic roof, the driving force for building a new stadium to replace the team’s open-air home that opened in 1994. The designers’ excitement was muted after Ray Davis, the team’s co-owner and co-chairman, said, “I don’t want it to be about the roof.” “Great,” recalled Bryan Trubey, HKS global director, principal and executive vice president. “We’re going to have a giant roof and you don’t want the building to be about the roof. It ended up being one of […]

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Rangers Have Sold 80% of Premium Seats

FOUNDERS KEEPERS: The Texas Rangers have sold nine of 10 Founders Suites at Globe Life Field. (Don Muret / Staff) Diversity of products at Globe Life Field widest in MLB, team says As of March 13, the Texas Rangers’ first regular-season game at Globe Life Field remained in flux due to the coronavirus outbreak, but team officials are in a good place. They’ve sold 80% of total premium seat inventory, said Joe Januszewski, the Rangers’ executive vice president and chief revenue and marketing officer. The new $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium has 71 long-term suites, plus 2,200 club seats distributed among five lounges. The diversity of premium product is unmatched in Major League Baseball, Januszewski said, and a far cry from the offerings at Globe Life Park, the Rangers’ old open-air facility across the street. “We’re going from one club at the old park to five clubs in the new building, […]

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Rangers Double Down on New Smokers

Globe Life Field’s two smokers can handle 80 beef briskets apiece. (Courtesy Delaware North Sportservice) Local partners, ballpark-only beer part of Sportservice concessions plans Home games for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers move into Globe Life Field in March, but preparation for its culinary strategy has been in motion since the day Casey Rapp found out about the new 40,000-capacity ballpark more than two years ago. And that preparation, while embracing some of the most popular items at the old Globe Life Park, will also involve some new ideas. Rapp, Delaware North Sportservice general manager at the Rangers’ home stadium, said fans can expect two new smokers to serve up Texas brisket and other meats, the addition of an on-site bakery, a mix of fresh stands throughout the park, licensed food partners and even a stadium-specific beer. The Rangers have teamed with Houston’s Karbach Brewing Co. to develop a beer […]

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