The Temple

Globe Life Park 2019

On Sunday, September 29th, 2019 the Texas Rangers and their fans said farewell to their longtime home. Texas will play in the $1.2 billion, retractable-roof Globe Life Field in 2020. Construction is ongoing just south of Globe Life Park and will be done in March. The Rangers’ Opening Day in their new park is scheduled for March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Globe Life Park, Ameriquest Field, The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, through the years the park has seen many name changes, multiple generations of fans, multiple generations of teams, and multiple generations of players. The ballpark has seen Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Fergie Jenkins, and Pudge Rodriguez. Future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre and Michael Young. Josh Hamilton, Juan Gonzalez, Kenny Rodgers, Charlie Hough, Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Yu Darvish, Nelson Cruz, and Elvis Andrus. The Ballpark has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, winning seasons, and losing seasons. No matter the season one thing always stayed the same, when you walk into the ballpark you will get chills when hit with the nostalgia and vastness of baseball monument the park is. That is why The Ticket (1310 AM/96.7 FM) started to call it the Temple.

Kenny Rodgers before the final game

The last game was filled with all the ceremonies and all the lasts from the last firework show, the last first pitch which was thrown out by Nolan Ryan, Kenny Rodgers who threw a perfect game in the ballparks first season caught it. President George W. Bush sat with his wife, Laura, for the last time in their old seats. There was the last national anthem, the last first strike, the last home run followed by The Natural theme song, the last hit and the last time Chuck Morgan will say “Your Texas Rangers”.

With every play fans were taking in moments that will never happen again in a place they will never watch another Ranger game. The rangers will never play a 90-degree home game again. Through the years there have been so many memories, birthdays at the ballparks, engagements, Dad’s with their arms around their sons, kids coming of age, everyone in love with the game of baseball. In the 26 years of the ballpark, there have been kids who went to games who are now playing professionally, and there will be more in the future. The ballpark wasn’t just any building, it was a home, a home to all of the players, workers, and fans that came to the games. No matter if you were a season ticket holder or went to one game a year, it was our safe place to be Texas Rangers fans and to cheer our hearts out for Rangers home runs.

Many people took to twitter to express memories, and mourn the closing down of the ballpark that will be the new home of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades.

For the love of the game, the smell of hotdogs, popcorn, pretzels, fireworks, and the crack of the bat. Those are all reasons people went to the games, and for those same reasons, fans will flock to the new ballpark. Goodbyes are tough, we will have new goosebumps in the new stadium, new memories, new highs, new lows, but one thing will stay the same. Baseball will be played, home runs will be hit, and more pennants will be won. Farewell Globe Life Park, and hello Globe Life Field.

Globe Life Field Rendering 2020

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