The ballpark was designed after great ball parks built in the early 20th century, and Texas architecture. The baseball architecture is seen in the exposed steel beams and a home run porch in right field. The Texas architecture is seen in the Lone Stars at the top of the steel beams, and on the side of all aisle seats.
The ballpark is more than just a place for Texas Ranger home games. There is "Legends of the Game" baseball museum behind Home Run Porch in right field; a children's learning center; a 650 seat kids ballpark; a 12 acre lake; and a grass amphitheater. Additionally, there is a four-story office building between the left and right outfields. The first floor has retail shops and ticket windows, and the second and third floors are commercial office space (what a place to work!). The Rangers' management occupies the fourth floor.
The ballpark in Arlington is an open-air ballpark, with natural grass fields. It seats over 49,000 people (in green plastic chairs with cupholders) on five levels...lower deck, lower suites, club level, upper suites, and upper deck. There is also an upper and lower deck in the home run porch in right field, and bleacher seating (general admission) in center field. Home Run Porch has ceiling fans installed to provide much needed relief from the Texas heat.
Additionally, there are 120 suites on the lower and upper levels, each named for a baseball hall-of-fame player. Throughout the ballpark there many spaces for ticketholders in wheelchairs. There are also elevators and escalators available throughout the ballpark.
There are 75 concession stands (food and service are fair) on all levels, and lots of food and drink vendors roaming the stands. There is also a TGI Fridays behind home run porch in right field with a view of the field, that is open all year around.
Tickets are $5 to $40, and can be purchased at the main ticket office, near the first base entrance, or ordered by phone at (817) 273-5100. Parking is available ($8 or $20 for valet) in nine different parking lots. After you park, the entrances to the ballpark are located in the four corners of the building at the First Base, Home Plate, Third Base, and Center Field entrances.
The ballpark in Arlington is located at 1000 Ballpark Way in Arlington, Texas, at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way, about 30 minutes west of Dallas on Interstate 30. To get there from Dallas, take I-30 West and exit at Six Flags Drive or Ballpark Way, and turn right and follow the signs.
Editor's Note: This property was formerly Ameriquest Field.
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Grand Prairie, Texas
July 16, 2001
Because of the heat in Texas, there are only evening ballgames from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Plan on arriving at the park at least one to one and a half hours early so everyone can enjoy batting practice.
The last game I saw, ex-Navy Seals parachuted into the park before the game. This was awesome to see.
If you do not want to spend money on food, bring it with you but be prepared to have your bags searched. However, if you want to splurge, the $4.00 Nachos are good as well as the Fried catfish and chicken nuggets they sell now. It is hot outside so how about ice cream in a small helmet?
From journal Dallas/Ft. Worth is not JR Ewing Country
June 26, 2001
From journal Things to see in Dallas