Billboard Takes A Swing At Baseball In Dallas

billboard Billboard Takes A Swing At Baseball In Dallas

A billboard near I-30 and Beltline takes a swing at baseball in Dallas.

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Gas, money and time: According to a small group of baseball fans who paid for a billboard along I-30 near beltline, that’s what Dallasites waste every time they drive to Arlington to watch the Texas Rangers play ball.

“I can see where somebody from Dallas would say, ‘Hey! We want it (baseball) too’,” said Rangers fan, Randy Beeman.

The billboard went up last week and reads, “You’re wasting gas, money and time driving to Arlington. Bring baseball to Dallas!

The sign is not sponsored by billionaires looking to buy a team. Instead, it’s paid for by a handful of everyday fans who are fed up with the traffic, the hassle and the headaches that they say comes with driving to the Ballpark.

Craig Schenkel, who serves as spokesman for the group, said a baseball stadium in downtown Dallas could revitalize the area.

Schenkel admits his group does not have the money or influence to bring a Major League Baseball team to Dallas. However, his tight-knit group of loyal baseball fans believes they’ll find many supporters in neighboring Collin, Kaufman and Ellis counties. Rangers fans such as Leroy Kelly find the idea intriguing.

“It cost me $35 in gas alone to get here (the Ballpark) from Wylie. I would love to have it a little closer to home,” said Kelly.

Whether it means attracting a new team or moving the Rangers to Dallas, either option will work for Schenkel and his colleagues. However, both ideas will likely run into resistance from fans like Leo Roque.

“It’s just a tradition to come all the way to Arlington to watch a baseball game,” said Roque. “I don’t think it would be the same feeling to have a baseball park in Dallas.”

Rangers fan, Tammi Lacy agrees. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous. I mean, everything is here in Arlington. You got the Ballpark. You got Cowboys Stadium. You got Six Flags. I think they would be wasting money driving to Dallas.”

Schenkel’s group realizes that fans in Tarrant, Johnson and Parker counties will likely pledge their allegiance to the Ballpark . That’s just fine with them. With nearly six million people living in North Texas, the billboard group says there’s plenty of fans for two teams.

  • YRofTexas

    Who needs the Texas Rangers?
    I just go down the street and watch MY team – The Frisco RoughRiders!

    Go ‘Riders, GO !

    • Kevin

      You do realize that the RoughRiders are basically just future Rangers, right?

      • YRofTexas


  • Catherine Fowler

    Dallas has Stars, Mavericks and had Cowboys for 20 yrs. Not to mention arlington traffic is way less than Dallas. Seiously,why the complaining?

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  • David Fielder

    Your best bet would be just to have a minor league team in Dallas. There is no chance in hell that Dallas will get a major league team. Besides, Minor league ball is fun, and cheap. Go see a Grand Prairie Airhog game. Lots of fun, and you don’t have to worry about a strike!

  • Kevin

    There actually were plans to build a minor league stadium and a franchise in an independent league (United League) as recently as a year and a half ago. However, once that league basically folded (it “merged” with a larger indy league), there went the plans for the stadium and team. There just pretty much isn’t room for this in the time being, and these guys who put up the billboard are wasting more money paying for it to go up than they would paying to go to Arlington.

  • Rusty Havener

    I am sure if this group of fans went to the city of Dallas and petitioned them to make a monitary move, they would gladly fund a new stadium… Just like they did for the Cowboys… wait, where do the cowboys play again?

  • coretta

    Lol. We just need cheaper gas prices.

  • Hoo

    I don’t believe anyone makes anyone attend a Rangers game in Arlington. Arlington is where the Rangers play. If you don’t want to go to Arlington…don’t go. But just because you are “inconvenienced” don’t expect others to agree with with. The Rangers are an asset in North Texas. They happen to be centered in Arlington. That’s the way it is.

  • Patty C

    Dallas arrogance at it’s best. This group of citizens can’t think beyond their city limits. In their minds “it it doesn’t happen in Dallas, it doesn’t happen”. Suck it up, guys!

    • Jason F.

      hey patty thanks for basically labeling all dallasites as such. you are no better than the “arrogant” yankee fans who somehow appear out of nowhere at the rangers home games. patty, these people (who put the signs up) are fans of the rangers, just not of the headache inducing traffic and other issues that make the ballpark area what it is. believe me, i lived off J ave. and Ballpark way witnessing firsthand!

      • Patty C

        Jason, I did nothing of the sort. All Dallasites aren’t arrogant, but there is a group who truly are, with the attitude I describe above. The biggest headache for Dallasites coming to Arlington is getting out of Dallas.

        BTW, the Rangers have fourteen more years on their contract with Arlington so the billboard gang can just keep wishing.

  • Anna B

    So they are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a billboard to complain about such things? They could’ve gone to several games and filled up their gas tanks with the money they used for this.

  • JB

    Actually a ballpark in Downtown Dallas is THE place for major league baseball to be located.

    Upwards of 150,000 people who work in Downtown Dallas are ALREADY THERE and many would attend a ball game if it were literally minutes away from their office.

    And again, the DART mass transit is so much more efficient at getting people to the game instead of driving to the barren wasteland also known as Arlington.

    Not to mention that 67% of the area’s population lives on the Dallas side of the equation, meaning that FAR MORE DALLAS residents are having to drive much further than they would otherwise.

    It is a case of the tail wagging the dog!

    I hope Mark Cuban is successful at buying the Los Angeles Dodgers because guess what? He will be bringing them to Dallas!

    And a major league ballpark WILL get built in Downtown Dallas to complement Mark Cuban’s sparkling state-of-the-art facility for his basketball team at American Airlines Center.

    Cuban came within a hair’s breadth of buying the Texas Rangers and if he had been successful with that effort he would have definitely relocated them to Downtown Dallas.

    Thank goodness Dallas has Mark Cuban here!!!!!

    There are several potential sites in Downtown, Uptown, Deep Ellum, or the Cedars/Southside to construct a Downtown Dallas ballpark.

    Go Dallas!

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  • fred

    All the freeways and rail from Denton County A-Train, Tarrant County TRE and Dallas and Collin County converge in Downtown Dallas. Plus the McKinney Avenue Trolley and future street cars. With the huge population living and working even closer, it just makes more sense than Arlington out on the prairie.

    Let’s make baseball accessible to more people and you won’t see all those empty chairs the Rangers have had for decades.

  • David

    The City of Dallas couldn’t even keep the Dallas freakin’ Cowboys; what makes people think that they could get the Texas Rangers? The Rangers have been in Arlington for forty years now, and they have the Cowboys and other entertainment areas within a short drive. Plus, the Ballpark is still state of the art in many areas, and the stands are full. If the Rangers go though another rough stretch, a downtown Dallas ballpark will be just as, if not more, deserted than the BPiA was in the early to mid 2000’s. You want to talk about wasting money, just take a look at the people behind this billboard.

  • JB

    You are incorrect in stating “the City of Dallas couldn’t even keep the Dallas Cowboys”.

    It was one person and one person only that was responsible for the negotiations fiasco with the Cowboys over their new proposed stadium at Fair Park – then Mayor Laura Miller. Miller was a pound wise penny foolish Mayor who single handedly ran the Cowboys off.

    The City of Dallas never voted for the matter, whether it was the City Council or the populace as a whole. If Miller had done the correct thing she would have put it to a citywide vote and the citizens of Dallas would have overwhelmingly approved the new stadium.

    The difference between then and now is that Dallas has a Mayor who is smart with business savvy and knows that major league sports is big business.

    And Dallas’ has a very successful sports multi-billionaire in the form of Mark Cuban. Mark Cuban all but had the Texas Rangers and forced Nolan Ryan’s group to spend significantly more for it than they had planned during the Rangers’ bankruptcy proceedings.

    Cuban has made it clear he intends to pursue purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are also now in bankruptcy. Once he has the Dodgers in his control he will relocate them to Downtown Dallas.

    67% of the population in the area is on the Dallas side. The Rangers would fold if it were not for the people of Dallas and its immediate suburbs supporting them.

    Read an article from today proclaiming “Texas Rangers Will Move to Downtown Dallas”:

  • JB

    Got my description mixed up: Laura Miller was a penny wise and pound foolish Mayor.

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