Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
The Rangers relocated from Arlington Stadium to their second home, The Ballpark in Arlington, in 1994. The Ballpark was constructed in the parking lots adjacent to Arlington Stadium and has undergone three name changes since inception. The Ballpark in Arlington became Ameriquest Field in 2004, and remained that way until 2007, when it was renamed Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers are currently exploring opportunities to once again sell the stadium’s naming rights.
The stadium’s physical address is:
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
From Dallas: I-30 west to the Six Flags Drive exit. Continue on Six Flags Drive to Randol Mill Road. Turn west (right) on Randol Mill Road and proceed to parking lots. Or, take Highway 183 west to Highway 360 south. Exit Randol Mill Road and turn west (right) and proceed to parking lots. Or, take I-30 west to the Ballpark Way exit. Go south (right) on Ballpark Way and proceed to parking lots. From the Mid Cities: Highway 183 to FM 157 south. Continue on FM 157 (Collins Street) to Road to Six Flags. Turn east (left) on Road to Six Flags and proceed to parking lots. From Dallas-Fort Worth Airport: Highway 360 south to the Brown Boulevard exit. Go west (right) at Brown to Stadium Drive. Turn south (left) and proceed to parking lots. Or, take Highway 360 south to the Lamar exit. Go west (right) at Lamar to Ballpark Way. Turn south (left) and proceed to parking lots. From Fort Worth: I-30 east to the Cooper Street exit. Go south on Cooper to Randol Mill Road. Turn east (left) and proceed to parking lots. Or, take I-30 east to the Colloins Street exit. Go south on Collins to Road to Six Flags. Turn east (left) and proceed to parking lots. Or, take I-30 east to the Pennant Drive exit. Go south on Pennant Drive and proceed to parking lots.
Rangers Ballpark offers parking lots designated as General, Valet, and Season Reserved.
Arlington Stadium was originally built in 1965 as a minor/independent league stadium for the DFW Spurs. Originally named Turnpike Stadium, Arlington Stadium was built to attract a Major League team to the Metroplex. The stadium initially seated only 10,000, expanded to 20,500 in 1970, and 35,700 after the Senators announced their move to Texas. However, most of the added seats came in the form of the largest outfield bleacher section in baseball, and the stadiums configuration became increasingly inadequate in an era of rising player salaries.
The Rangers received funding for a new stadium in 1991 from the City of Arlington. The city agreed to pay 71% of the $191 construction costs, with ownership picking up the rest. The $135 million from the city was supported by a one-half-cent sales tax increase in the city of Arlington over 12 to 15 years.
The Ballpark was designed to contrast Arlington Stadium’s cookie-cutter feel by incorporating features of classic ballparks including Tiger Stadium, Ebbets Field, Comiskey Park, Yankee Stadium, and Fenway Park. The stadium’s seating is broken down into three basic levels: lower, club, and upper deck. There are also two levels of luxury suites behind sliding glass doors above and below the club tier.
Left Field: 332 feet
Left-Center Field: 388 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right-Center Field: 381 feet
Right Field: 325 feet
The Rangers offer special tickets and passes for Cuervo Club access. The club is fully air conditioned, located behind home plate, and offers a full menu of food and drinks. The club was installed to generate revenue for the team, but has been thought to be a factor leading to the “jet stream” effect that benefits hitters.
The Rangers thought enough of the rumor to commission a study on the club’s impact on wind circulation. The studies were inconclusive and the Ballpark continues to be known as one of the best hitter’s parks in MLB.
Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. It is calculated as follows: Home Runs Scored + Home Runs Allowed / Home Games // Road Runs Scored + Road Runs Allowed/Road Games. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter, while a rating below 1.000 favors the pitcher. In 2011, Rangers Ballpark led MLB with a 1.409 park factor.
Dr. Pepper Youth Ballpark
The Rangers operate a youth ballpark located in the parking lots of RBIA. The team conducts community outreach through operation backpack, baseball camps and clinics, and corporate rentals.