Since There Will Be a Next Season, Rangers to Spend $11.5 Million to Upgrade the Ballpark

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One week ago today ... you know, I can't even. So. I'll just say this: Moments ago the Texas Rangers sent word detailing $11.5 million in improvements that'll be made to the Ballpark in Arlington over the off-season, beginning immediately. They're detailed after the jump, for those who can bear such things with such fresh wounds. But long story short: It's 55,000 square feet's worth of makeovers encompassing everything from a new seating area atop Greene's Hill to a new Rangers-themed sports bar to a new Kid's Zone.

Brantley's at the presser taking place this moment; he'll have more later. But for now, this is what Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan has to say about the overhaul via the team's announcement:
"We have a commitment to our fans to provide the finest ballpark experience. The upgrades we are making in the Vandergriff Plaza area will add more food/beverage and entertainment options while also providing ways to cool off in the summer months. This project represents the most extensive renovation in the history of the park and we plan to make further upgrades in the coming years."
Jump for the what-for. Sigh.
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A summary of the 2012 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington upgrades:

BATTER'S EYE CLUB: A new indoor seating area will be built at the top of Greene's Hill in centerfield to replace the "batter's eye" structure that has been in place since the opening of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 1994. The Batter's Eye Club will feature four rows with seating for approximately 100 that provides a spectacular view of the playing field through two-way glass, which will be totally dark on the field side. The 6,250 square foot climate-controlled club will feature its own buffet, bar, dining area and rest rooms. The Batter's Eye Club will be utilized for both group rentals and as an individual seating area for select games.

RESTAURANT/SPORTS BAR: Another new addition will be a Rangers-themed restaurant/sports bar, which will be constructed in the first floor area of the office building behind the left-center field seats. The two-level facility containing 9,152 square feet will overlook the playing field. The climate-controlled restaurant/sports bar will be open to the public before, during, and after Rangers home games and is expected to be available for rental when the club is on the road and in the off-season. Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Radio are expected to have studio space in this area. The facility will be operated by the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington concessionaire, Sportservice.

KID'S ZONE: A new play area for children will be built in the first floor area of the office building closest to centerfield. The 6,470 square foot Kid's Zone will house a number of interactive games and attractions and will operate in a similar manner to the former Vandergriff Plaza Sports Park. This facility will be open during all Rangers home games and also be available for rental at other times.

A NEW VANDERGRIFF PLAZA: The area that previously housed the Children's Sports Park will be completely rebuilt and will include four new full service concession stands as well as seating clusters. A large video board will be mounted on the back of the Batter's Eye Club to provide viewing of the game action from this location. This area encompasses nearly 12,000 square feet. One feature that will remain in Vandergriff Plaza is the life size bronze statues of Nolan Ryan and the late Tom Vandergriff, for whom the plaza is named.

SEATING AREAS/DECKS: The aluminum bleacher seats on the left and right field sides of Greene's Hill will be replaced by individual ballpark seats. The capacity of this new area, which will be called the Outfield Plaza, will be 424, a decrease of 1,075 from the previous bleacher seating. Covered deck areas with open seating and tables will be built above the seating areas on both the left and right field sides of the Batter's Eye Club.

VISITORS BULLPEN: The visitors bullpen will be reconfigured to run parallel to the left center fence in the same orientation as the Rangers bullpen, occupying an area that was previously bleacher seating. For the first time, a majority of the seating bowl will have a view into the visitors bullpen.

WIDER CONCOURSE: The concourse leading from behind section 3 into Vandergriff Plaza (walkway currently behind the visitors bullpen) will be widened to provide a more efficient traffic flow.

The architect of record for the project is Sterling Barnett Little of Arlington. Dallas-based Manhattan Construction, which built both Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and Cowboys Stadium, is the General Contractor.

The Vandergriff Plaza project represents the first major structural renovation at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since the Cuervo Club was added behind the home plate section of the lower seating bowl in 2000.

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opk
opk

anyone else notice that this erases the seats where Shannon Stone died?

tcudavid
tcudavid

I haven't been out there in several years.  What happened to the restaurant up behind right field.  It used to be a TGI Fridays.  Is there still a restaurant in there?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im slightly dissapointed that the Rangers arent giving the heave-ho to SportsService, as they just cant match what i've seen in other major league ballparks when it comes to selection and quality of concessions seen at other major ballparks. I'd like to see a setup similar to Citi Field or Safeco Field where theres a mix of cuisine and amazing suds for all price points. If the Rangers are going to be a top-tier baseball team, they need to improve this primary point of contention

Also, Im also on the bandwagon concerning getting them a new home, lets move the Rangers from Arlington to either downtown Dallas or Ft. Worth, make them a true destination team for the region, something either city can be proud of...

Brian Martin
Brian Martin

Sucks losing over half of the outfield bleacher seats...love sitting out there...

Ronny
Ronny

 kind of bummed about the reconfig of the visitors Bullpen. The bleacher seats that were there were great. usually quite cheap and put you right on the field...and lot's of opps for HR balls. Kind of stupid to take away some great seats for fans.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

The Tony LaRussa Memorial Visitors Bullpen anyone?

Wash's ashtray
Wash's ashtray

The only real air conditioning option is to glass in the out facing facade (think the SE corner of the stadium where the office building is) and possibly have air conditioned concourses for  everything but the upper deck.  Even this probably isnt economically feasible. 

Liles
Liles

I'm with Sammy. Move the team to downtown Dallas in an indoor stadium on the old Reunion Arena piece of real estate. Isn't the Ballpark lease up anyway? Arlington SUCKS.

mantikos
mantikos

So much for moving back to Dallas

CMC07
CMC07

I'm sick of people always bitching about the ballpark not having a roof or air conditioning! BOO HOO you pussies! Baseball is an OUTDOOR sport and meant to be played OUTDOORS. If the Texas summer heat is too much for you, stay home and watch the game in your air conditioned home. They are not getting a roof, air conditioning, or getting a new ballpark downtown when the lease is up in 2016. Let it go and be happy that we have a respectable team!

Wash's ashtray
Wash's ashtray

I like it. If the recent improvements (video boards, brick wall behind home) are any indication, this will look like it has been part of the ballpark since day one.

Brett
Brett

That new visitor's bullpen is prime for some heckling.

Sammy
Sammy

Why waste money on this poorly-located, outdated facility? They can't even fill it most of the time when they have a team going to the Series. Time to consider a new ballpark in Downtown.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I am glad that they are cleaning up that kid zone area. Unless their parents have season tickets, I never understood why a kid would want to play wiffle ball during the game. When I was a kid, I could play wiffle ball in my fucking front yard. Getting to go the the ballpark to watch a game live was a big deal. I didnt even want to leave my seat to piss.

Dallasbatgirl
Dallasbatgirl

so, when they built the place the first time, the visitors bullpen was configured to give the home team an advantage.  that proved to be true in the most recent world series when the cardinals had no idea who was warming up.  so they change it.   $11 million would have been a start on a roof

Dan
Dan

Retractable roof or shaded areas anyone?

MattL1
MattL1

I'm happy about the visitors bullpen reconfiguration.  Now when the Sox come to town I can see the idiot reliever who will undoubtedly blow the game BEFORE he or she steps onto the field!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Actually, I asked John Blake, Rangers spokesman, if that's correct. Hard to tell based on those renderings. His response: "No, the left field reserved seats stay intact. The seating areas that are affected by this change are the bleachers."

Ed D.
Ed D.

The space that was last Rawlings All-American Grille is now all-you-can-eat seating for every game. Here's a clip from the 2009 press release "The All You Can Eat section has been expanded to about 2,100 seats and will be located in the Home Run Porch and the space formerly occupied by the Rawlings All-American Grill. This package is now available for every home game."

grubes is my leader
grubes is my leader

Also, you're also?  The fucking idiots on the Dallas City Council won't be able to get a stadium into Downtown.  Arlington was able to get the Cowboys to move there, and they sure as hell not going to let the team that has played there for 50 years move to Douchetastic Dallas.  The Stars play RIGHT downtown Dallas, and they are averaging 4,000 fans per game, even though they are one of the best teams in the league.  All you Dallas douches stick to Uptown drinking your 6 dollar beers and watching reruns of Most Eligible Dallas when you get home.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

buncha pussies these dallas fucks are, Tim R. yes, that tim r. is that you?  Lemme get this straight all the douchesticks will sit out in the heat drinking vodka cranberries at a patio bar in july but you bitch about sitting outside for a baseball game?  wierd

Lee
Lee

It's up for lease in 2017.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

And let's get the City and County of Dallas to plan and run the place. Good idea.

stopthewave
stopthewave

Thank you! Baseball is meant to be played outdoors. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to go watch a game at Minute Maid Park and see how bad that place sucks.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

And let me just add, if anyone who cries "roof!" bothers to take a look at the configuration of the stajium, I'd love to hear how adding one wouldn't make it look like a tacky Mesquite-esque carport slapped on the front of a house. There is absolutely no way to retrofit anything resembling a roof that wouldn't ruin the aesthetics of the place or cost as much as a new stadium.

If anything, the team needs to play up the heat and make sure the on-field temperature is displayed prominently right in the view of the visitors dugout.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Agreed.  Also, anyone whining about the current ballpark is forgetting or wasnt around for the old Arlington Stadium days,

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Sammy Sosa, is that you? Still bitter about 2007?

Ed D.
Ed D.

The Cardinals didn't have a guy watching the game on Fox?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Totally agree, Dallasbatgirl.  Leave them other relievers in a tunnel with rotary dial phones to the dugout (and no, I'm not kidding - it's called home field advantage).

Wash's ashtray
Wash's ashtray

11 Million wouldnt even buy the paint for a roof.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

World Series trophy anyone? 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I was gonna say the same thing Bobbo, no where close to where that happened..100 feet from it atleast. 

Urban Dweller
Urban Dweller

The Ticket broadcasts from the Uptown area (technically Oak Lawn, I know) and is moving to Victory Park, home of Ghost Bar. Just saying, you cant paint them all with the same brush. I live in Uptown because I think its an awesome example of New Urbanism at work and one of two areas in Dallas where you can get most conveniences without getting in a ca. There is a grocery store down the street, and yeah im not too "good" for Wal-Mart, multiple restaurants, bars (if you're paying $6 for a beer, maybe you should take a look at this http://www.pegasusnews.com/dri..., pretty helpful), etc. I think all of that probably makes me more "original" than you. But hey man Frisco is cool, I hope you like it up there. I love tract homes.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The Stars have one of the best records of a VERY young season. They sucked last year. The only team that escapes lower attendance when they suck is the Cowboys because their fans are stupid.

I'd love a downtown stadium, but you're right that the city of Dallas wouldn't get it done because they're more inept than the Rangers in Game 7.

Wang Chung
Wang Chung

watch out beav, Tim rogers (if in fact thats who you are talking about) has been known this week to have IP addresses pulled, and call up the commenter personally and threaten his job.  You better watch it

Lee
Lee

GuysGuys listenI have the best ideGuys listenI have the best idea everGuysI'll put a FLAGPOLEGuysa flagpoleI'll put a flagpoleguys listen hereI'll put a FLAGPOLE... in play in CENTERFIELD

Guesty McG
Guesty McG

I liked Arlington Stadium.  I don't go to a baseball game to eat.  It was no big deal that you had to pee in a trough.  It had the intimacy of a minor league park, which is what it originally was.

MoronDog
MoronDog

11 million wouldnt even get them plan for what type of paint to use on the roof.

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

somebody in uptown goes to walmart.  that does make you an original.  :D  sorry, just had to comment on that.

TMB
TMB

*car

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Your assumption is correct because I said Game 7.

MoronDog
MoronDog

I didnt say I hated Arlington Stadium either. I have some great childhood memories from out there. I just said that those people who are whining about the current palace wouldve really cried about the old stomping grounds.  I dont need an amusment park.  I just need a place to watch the game.  If I want to ride a roller coaster or play games I will wander next door.

ts
ts

The consultants will need a roof paint demographic study before they can get started.

Gabe
Gabe

11 million would, however, be acceptable as a retainer for a consultant to lead public forums towards developing a roof paint plan. 

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