The city of Arlington is becoming the hub of just about everything sports in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and it appears the Texas Rangers are about to spruce the area up a bit more in the not-so-distant future.

According to a report, the Rangers and the city of Arlington are getting set to announce plans for a brand new retractable=roof stadium. It is expected to come on line before the current least at Globe Life Park is set to run out in 2023 per the report.

It appears that the plan will also be a 50-50 partnership between the team and the city, and that Arlington voters will likely put their part of the money up to a vote this November. The two parties will look to get approval for either a dedicated sales tax and/or ticket or parking taxes for the construction effort.

No official word on when the press conference would happen, but a press release from an official with the city of Arlington makes it pretty clear the two parties are working together in this effort:

“For more than four decades, Arlington and the Texas Rangers have had a strong relationship. That relationship was further strengthened last year with the announcement of the public-private partnership between the City and the Rangers for the proposed Texas Live! development in our Entertainment District. We look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come. The City has no other comment at this time.”

It may seem a bit early for a new stadium, given Arlington built what is now called Globe Life Park just over 20 years ago. However, the sweltering summer heat often keeps fans away and adding a retractable roof to the current stadium is just not feasible.

With the Rangers also purchasing parcels of the parking lot from former owner Tom Hicks, it appears the team is making early moves to make a new stadium happen.

For fans attending games, adding a roof to help keep the heat out and the sun away in the mid-summer Texas heat would be a welcome sight.

[Sports Day]

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