Home Plate Update December 2017 - Page 3

breaking The City of Arlington and Texas Rangers celebrated the groundbreaking of the $1.1 billion retractable-roof Globe Life Field in September M ayor Jeff Williams and Arlington City Council members, Texas Rangers leadership, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred were among the hundreds who attended the ceremony. The 1.7-million-square-foot park, set to open in 2020, is being built as a public-private partnership between the City and the Rangers. The construction milestone marked the beginning of a new chapter in Arlington’s long-standing relationship with the Rangers, Williams said. Globe Life Field, designed by HKS, will set a new standard for Major League Baseball parks and help make Arlington’s Entertainment District a world-class destination, he said. “It’s another one of those dream- come-true moments here in our American Dream City. And today especially is another example of our can-do spirit,” Williams said. Manfred congratulated the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington on the ballpark project and said he could see Globe Life Field hosting events such as an All-Star game or World Baseball Classic final. “This new ballpark will allow fans of the Rangers, fans here in Texas to enjoy Major League Baseball with added comfort. When you add to that the prospect of a project like Texas Live! that provides the type of complete entertainment experience that’s so popular in our sports, I can’t exaggerate the amount of excitement we have for this project,” Manfred said. “It really will be great for this area and great for the Rangers.” 3