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General view of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington before a game. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The City of Arlington is considering stricter limitations on smoking at Rangers Ballpark, and the proposal may have some baseball fans fuming. The plan is scheduled to be discussed on Tuesday. If it passes, smoking would be prohibited on the balconies of the ballpark’s private Cuervo Club.

Designated smoking areas on the upper concourse would also be reduced and moved further away from seating and ballpark concession stands. And in the lower concourse, floor markings would make designated smoking areas more visible and defined.

The city decided that it was not practical to entirely ban smoking at the ballpark, because of the way that the city ordinance is written. According to a 2008 law, smokers cannot light up within 50 feet of the entrance to a smoke-free building. If the ballpark was made completely smoke-free, it would result in smokers having to literally leave ballpark property to have a cigarette.

The Arlington City Council is looking at a complete ban on smoking in public parks, billiards halls, nightclubs and bowling alleys. Indoor smoking is already prohibited at Cowboys Stadium and most other locations in Arlington.

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