My Take on Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Just got back from my trip to Dallas and caught two Rangers/Blue Jays games there. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was definitely a great stadium. It was big but had a homely feel to it. It was clean, and it was baseball, Texas-style.

In terms of the stadiums I've been to, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is one of my favorites and there were so many good things about it. That being said, there were some things I DIDN'T like about it. Notably the scoreboard and that anything on the right field line was hindered from seeing all parts of the stadium. Also did not care for the food they had. But those were the only blips out of the whole thing. I enjoyed every second of my time in Texas and also got a souvenir with a Jose Bautista HR ball during batting practice.

What I liked about the stadium:
1. The inside view (lovely and might be the prettiest view I've seen in any ballpark yet)
2. The outside view (clean and the granite and the brick with the longorns and lone stars gave it a great design)
3. The variety of the souvenirs they had and the relatively low prices with them.
4. The concourses (big, clean, and wide)
5. The honoring of the classics like Ebbets Field, Tiger Stadium, Yankee Stadium, and Comiskey Park.

What I didn't care for with the stadium
1. The scoreboard (too high in RF and too small; and I miss the old manual scoreboard in LF)
2. The food (not tasty despite the large variety)
3. The 7th inning stretch (felt rushed a bit)

Overall I loved the parik. It ranks as the 4th best park I've been to out of 14 (only Camden Yards, Comerica, and Great American Ballpark I rate higher).

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Comment by Tim on April 13, 2010 at 5:24pm
LOL on the Taco Bueno. Didn't have that there in Arlington. I did hear talking both games I went to during the anthem. Everything was pretty cool. The one thing is if you haven't been to Houston yet they sing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" after the stretch which I think Texas should have done, but still it was pretty good.
Comment by Scott Bell (30/42) on April 13, 2010 at 4:23pm
Much nicer than expected though HOT in late June (100 at game time for a night game).

Got "Cuervo Club" level tickets (first terrace behind home plate near the press box) on the advice of the ticket agent. Well worth it, especially to go into the club just to cool off.

Incredible reverance during the National Anthem - hats off and NO talking.

What are those things that race during the fifth inning? Alka Seltzer tablets?

Singing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" between innings was different and pretty cool.

The addition of the "Death Star" (Cowboys Stadium) next door is a plus. Go on the tour there - it's worth it.

Only real bad thing - Rangers scored 2 in the first, 3 in the second, 3 in the third, 2 in the fourth but 0 in the fifth AND THAT WAS THE "TACO BUENO" INNING (free tacos to everyone if the Rangers score)

IT WAS FIXED!!!! Taco "not so" Bueno !!!
Comment by Doug Miller (30) on April 11, 2010 at 7:45pm
Actually, I love the use of white in the park. That was meant as a compliment. The way it stands out along the back of the outfield, with the billboards contrasting against it, I think it looks really cool. I would also love to see another game there to see if I feel the same about the size of the park.

Comment by Tim on April 11, 2010 at 5:03pm
I actually thought the opposite of the Ballpark in Arlington. I thought it was better in person than they ever portrayed it on TV. As for the white, there was a lot of it, but I didn't think it was used in a negative manner (if that makes sense). But overall if I ever get the chance to catch another Rangers game there, I'm all for it!
Comment by Doug Miller (30) on April 11, 2010 at 4:35pm
The Ballpark At Arlington is an interesting park for me. This is one of those few parks that I felt looked better on TV than in person. It's almost too big when I'm in it. It's extraordinarily clean. The park is almost so "perfect" that it seems like a movie set. I love the outfield wall and billboards, and the use of white in the park is really strong. I liked the park a lot, it was just a weird one for me.



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