Rangers Ballpark In Arlington Improvements For 2009;Added Fan Incentives

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IApril 8, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 06:  The 'Opening Day 2009' logo before a game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers during the home opener on April 6, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Opening Day was once again a success for the Rangers organization, not only with the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush throwing out first pitch, the team showing off their new red uniforms, fly-over “on time” this year by the B-1 Bombers, but a win ended a five game losing streak on Opening Day.

Many fans while watching Opening Day either at the Ballpark or at home might have noticed some new additions to the Ballpark. For those that haven’t heard already here is a rundown of the improvements.

The first improvement is a three foot high and 948-foot long full-color linear panel that runs from foul pole to foul pole just below the Lower Level Suites. This panel will be portraying Ranger players while batting, different chants for the fans, out-of-town scores, and other features throughout the year.

The manual scoreboard that has been the left field wall since the Ballpark was built back in 1994, has been replaced by a full-color Daktronics Pro Star Video Display Board. This 84-foot by 12-foot display board is going to have a more complete breakdown of batters and pitchers in the game and it will also service as another video replay board for fans, especially those sitting in center and right field.

There have been 88 seats added behind home plate in between the dugouts and in the area beyond third-base dugout 62 seats have been added.

The final improvement so far is a new brick facade that runs along the field level in-front of the lower level seats. Imprinted in each of the brick sections is the Texas Rangers logo. The brick runs all the wall from left field to right field. And the team replaced the padding along the outfield wall.

The organization has also announced some good deal incentives for fans planning on coming to Ranger games. The best deal out of these are the Friday specials.

The team has already announced 12 different post-game firework shows for Friday evening games. Along with that all regularly priced tickets $25 or less will be $10 for Friday evening games. Also the $12 cash parking lots will be lowered to $5 for Friday games.

As for upgrades in the concessions, a new ICEE mix-it-up stand with nine flavors can be purchased in a souvenir cup for $9 and refilled for only $3.  Beers can be purchased in a souvenir 22-oz. cup for $7.50 or a 16-oz. cup for $5. 

The best deal that is now being offered a hot dog, chip, and soda combo for for $5.75, savings of $3.75, or hot dog, fries, and soda for $6.75, savings of $4.75.

During the season there will be more incentives, usually announced as part of month long offers. Enjoy the rest of the season and hope to see you out there on game days.