1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has been the home for the Texas Rangers since April 1, 1994. Located at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way, south of Interstate 30, the ballpark is an open-air stadium. The playing surface is natural grass.
The stadium, officially, can seat 49,170 people. Although, during the 2010 baseball playoffs, attendance figures were over 50,000 as the team sold standing room only tickets.
WHERE IS THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE?
It depends where you want to sit and how much you’re willing to spend for a ticket. In 2010, ticket prices ranged from $6 for Grandstand Reserved in the upper corner down the first base line to $215 for a seat behind home plate.
Tickets in the right field home run porch range between $30 and $35. However, you won’t be able to see the scoreboard. And most of the seats will be blocked from seeing the fireworks that go off in center field when a Ranger player hits a home run.
If you want to be close to the action on the field, ticket prices range from $40 to $100. Seats on the first row, next to the field, area available when tickets go on sale before the start of the season.
There is a smaller, middle section group of seats that stretches around from the first base side to the third base side called the Lexus level. Ticket prices range from $25 to $70. In the Lexus Club Box Section, for $45 per ticket, you can place your food or drink order with a Rangers ballpark employee. There is a surcharge for the convenience.
Section 335, in the upper deck down the first base line, is the only designated non-alcohol section at the ballpark.
If you’re a baseball purist, the seats behind home plate in the upper deck, $15 to $20 a ticket, allow you to see the entire field. There’s a good vantage point to see how the defense is set up for a particular batter.
Certain games are designated as Premier Games. These games are usually against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and a few games against AL West opponents. During the 2010 season ticket prices for these games increased $5.
Call Rangers Ticket Services at 972-RANGERS for specific information.
Parking is available at various lots around the stadium for $10 on Rangers property. Lexus Valet Parking is also available at a cost of $30.
THE FAN EXPERIENCE
Team owners Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan are promoting the fan experience. In between innings fans can watch the infamous ‘Dot Race’, which consists of costumed ‘dots’ racing down the third base line. There are also ‘competitions’ where children attempt to steal third base in 35 seconds or less and adults try and guess the game attendance. If the Rangers score in a designated inning all fans receive a coupon for a free taco from Taco Bueno. And late in the 2010 season, the Rangers introduced a blue light special that were usually a $1 or $2 discount off certain concession prices or merchandise from the gift shop during the sixth inning.
The organization has special promotion nights throughout the season. Fireworks Friday includes discounted tickets and parking and a fireworks show set to music after the game. Another popular promotion is $1 Hot Dog Wednesday. Some promotions, which usually include t-shirts or a toy, are exclusively for children 13 years old and younger.
Access to concession stands isn’t a problem. There are more than 100 stands, fixed and portable, throughout the stadium. You can expect to stand in line before the game and, sometimes, in between innings.
The menu ranges from the traditional fare of sodas and beer to peanuts and popcorn and nachos and hot dogs. On the lower level of the concourse, there are specialized food choices including Brats, Barbecue and Oriental food. Prices vary but you will generally pay under $10 for a food choice. Some stands offer a package deal that includes fries or chips and a drink. Check the menu.
If you don’t want to leave your seat during the game, vendors will walk up and down the aisles selling sodas and beer, cotton candy, peanuts, Lemon Chills and other treats.
PROGRAMS & SOUVENIRS
At each entrance to the ballpark, fans can buy a program that includes articles about the players and information about the organization.
The Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the office building behind center field, is the largest souvenir shop in the stadium. Shirts, caps and other collectibles are for sale.
A little-known attraction at the ballpark is the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s located on the lower level of the stadium behind the right field stands. The hall includes a history of the Texas Rangers organization and memorabilia from current and former players.
The organization offers tours of the ballpark including the clubhouse and press box. Tours are held at various times during the regular season and off-season. Call (817) 273-5099 ahead to make sure of tour scheduling on the day that you are considering. Tout tickets range from $5 for children to $10 for adults.
The plaza is named after former Arlington Mayor Tom Vandergriff who was instrumental in bringing the Rangers franchise to Texas. It includes a green field area inside the park and the interactive Center Field Sports Park inside. Center Field Sports includes a Wiffle Ball Park, Tee-Ball Cages, Speed Pitch, Temporary Tattoos, Mojo Pitching Cage, and picnic tables. Center Field Sports Park opens two hours before game time.
Keep your eyes peeled for home runs and the occasional errant foul ball, since guests may keep any baseball hit into the stands. But don’t get too anxious. Fans CANNOT interfere a ball hit into the field of play.
The bottom line is to have fun at the ballpark with friends and family. Let’s Go Rangers!