Texas Globe Life Park reconfiguration work begins
Globe Life Park at Arlington in Texas has begun reshaping from a baseball park to a multi-purpose facility. The former Texas Rangers home ground will host professional football and soccer teams from 2020 – the Dallas Renegades of the new XFL spring league and North Texas Soccer Club of the USL League One which is affiliated with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. The redesign work of the Globe Life Park is expected to be through by early 2020.
Globe Life Field – across the street – will be the new home of the Texas Rangers who will start playing in the new ballpark with a retractable roof from March 2020.
The redesign plan of the Globe Life Park will include seating renovations, a new playing surface, removal of the third base dugout, and new/renovated locker rooms.
The New Field: The football field and soccer pitch will come up in what was previously the first base/right field side of the park. It will be built to run north and south. Approximately, 6,000 seats in total will be done away with which comprises the lower 18 rows of the third base seating bowl to fit in the north end of the field. The third base dugout will also be removed. For spectators to enjoy a better view on the south side, the south end zone of the field will begin approximately 50 feet out from the front row of the Home Run Porch.
The first base dugout will remain with the tunnel to facilitate entry to the home locker rooms. To obtain access to the visiting and officials’ locker rooms, a tunnel will come up in the north end zone.
Field Surface: The leading synthetic turf company in North America, Shaw Sports Turf, will provide the synthetic grass field which will serve the purpose of the playing surface. The installation work will be done by Paragon Sports Constructors. The Rangers are also going in for a state-of-the art synthetic grass field in the new Globe Life Field. To allow for first-rate field conversion, the permanent field surface will be unmarked. The appropriate field lines will be added for each event.
Additional Seating: The current first base bowl will attribute for majority of the seating on the west side of the field, on the field’s east side a permanent seating facility will be built – the space that was previously left field, the visiting bullpen, and the left field reserved seating area. Below the left field club level, roughly 4,000 seats will be added. The new configuration will provide access to rest rooms and concessions on Vandergriff Plaza.
Other Seating Bowl Renovations: At the mid-field location, in the lower suite level, a television booth will be positioned as well as home and visiting coaches’ booths. The current press box will serve as other media, broadcasting, and scoreboard operations for football and soccer events. In the present bowl down the left field and right field lines, bench will be placed to accommodate bands attending football events.
Locker Rooms: To provide space for the Dallas Renegades, the Texas Rangers clubhouse on the first base side will be totally spruced up. The revamping work will include the addition of lockers to house round about 60 players in the main dressing area. Head coach Bob Stoops and the Renegades football staff will occupy this place as well. The current visiting clubhouse on the third base side will be the visiting football locker room with lockers being added to this area.
Additional locker rooms are being built in the area to provide space for the Rangers’ and visiting batting cages. Up to 80 players will be housed in each locker room which will also consist of coaches’ offices and shower facilities. This will enable hosting multiple events and teams on the same day.
The reconfiguration design of the park has been done by SBL Architecture of Arlington, which has its offices at Globe Life Park and has been involved in a lot of refurbishing work of the facility over the years.
Manhattan Construction, which is presently building the new Globe Life Field, is the general contractor of the project. The American-owned construction company also constructed The Ballpark in Arlington in the early 1990’s.
The baseball playing field and seats in the right field corner, along the third base line, in the left field corner, and in the left field reserved areas will be removed as part of the reconfiguration process at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.
In addition, the modules on the upper left field video board have been removed as these will be utilized for the out-of-town scoreboard located in centerfield in the new Globe Life Field.
The North Texas Soccer Club will begin its schedule in March and the Renegades season begins in early February.
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