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ARLINGTON (CBS11) – The Arlington City Council voted to move forward with plans to help build a new stadium for the Texas Rangers by agreeing to put the issue on the ballot in November.
There will be one more reading at the City Council meeting on August 9 before it is official.
Arlington voters will be asked whether to extend the existing venue taxes approved in 2004 to build AT&T Stadium – a half-cent sales tax, 5 percent car rental tax and 2 percent hotel occupancy tax, to help publicly finance a new ballpark for the Rangers as well.
Texas Rangers Co-Chairman Ray Davis issued the following statement following the city council’s unanimously decision Tuesday night.
“Tonight’s action by the City Council is an important step in the process in this public-private partnership to build a new ballpark for Arlington and all our fans. I want to thank and commend Mayor Jeff Williams and the Arlington city leaders for their vision in reaching out to us and helping put together and approving this historic agreement. The Rangers are excited about the possibility of calling Arlington home for many years to come, and we are committed to building a world-class facility which will provide the best possible experience for our fans. We look forward to working with Mayor Williams, the City leaders, and the citizens of Arlington over the next several months to insure that this dream becomes a reality.”
The conceptual drawings of the new stadium, complete with retractable roof, represent a major improvement to a 22-year-old stadium that comes with a cost.
“The downside maybe is the taxpayers having to pay for it. A lot of people here aren’t baseball fans, so that might be one thing. If you’re not a baseball fan why are you going to spend your own money for something you’re not even going to go to,” Rangers fan Justin Dingman said.
But these are improvements the city and the team say are necessary for keeping those fans comfortable even in the heat of summer.
The stadium is just one layer of big plans for this area. Texas Live is expected to feature restaurants and a new hotel.
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