Spring means baseball and Opening Day for the Texas Rangers is Friday, April 5, 2013. Talk about the ultimate April Fool's Day joke -- Yu Darvish was one strike away from pitching the perfect game against the Houston Astros on April 2nd.
Be sure to secure tickets before heading out to the ballpark because many games sell out. That happens when your team was in both the 2011 and 2010 World Series Championships. Maybe we'll win the big one in 2013!
Here's a handy guide so you can enjoy your Texas Rangers.
A Little History: Rangers Ballpark at Arlington
It's Texas-big and we all know you "Don't Mess with Texas." Back on April 1, 1994, the Texas Rangers started playing at their new field, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The beautiful baseball-only facility serves as the centerpiece of a 270-acre complex. It's a state-of-the-art facility with a 49,170 open-air seats. It's definitely high tech -- but with lots of tradition too. Texas architecture is featured throughout the facility from the outer facade to the Lone Stars in the concourses and on the seat aisles. So don't mess with Texas!
The playing surface of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is natural grass consisting of Bermuda Tifway 419. The sod was grown on a farm in Granbury, Texas.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is located a quarter mile southeast of the old Arlington Stadium site at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way (formerly Stadium Drive). Parking lots and the other complex features surround the park. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the entire complex is easily accessible from Interstate 30, which is adjacent to the north side of the site. Nolan Ryan Expressway, constructed in honor of baseball's all-time strikeout king, runs north to south on the west side of the ballpark and serves as a major access road through the complex.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
Getting to the Ballpark
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is located at 1000 Ballpark Way, just south of Interstate 30. Highway improvements to the I-30 corridor and progress on new roads in the Arlington entertainment district mean that various streets and/or lanes may be temporarily closed and different routes may be preferred throughout the season. Before you depart depart for Rangers games, be sure to check for the latest information by calling the Rangers Parking Hotline for immediate assistance at 972-PARKING.
The Arlington Entertainment District Trolley provides route-based trolley service to Rangers Ballpark for each home game of the 2012 season. Service begins 1½ hours before the game start time with return service to hotels immediately following the game.
Tickets for home games may be purchased by calling 972-RANGERS, online or in person at a ticket office or kiosk.
Individual ticket mail order forms may be obtained by calling 972-RANGERS or by writing: Texas Rangers Ticket Office, P.O. Box 90111, Arlington, TX 76004-3111. Children 13 and under are eligible for reduced price tickets in certain areas of the ballpark and children under 36 inches may be admitted free, but must occupy a ticket holder's lap.
The First Base Box Office is the primary box office for all ticket transactions. Open 9 a.m. until two hours after game time on game days. The West Box Office located between First Base and Home Plate Gate is a secondary location that can assist a few hours before game time.
Children (age 13 and younger) are eligible for reduced price tickets in certain areas of the ballpark, and children under 36 inches tall may be admitted free of charge, but must occupy a ticket holder’s lap.
The Rangers are more than happy to recognize your birthday or anniversary during home games. There is a fee for inclusion and space is limited. For information, call 972-RANGERS. Advance purchase is required.
Dollar Hot Dog Night
One of the best times to catch a Rangers game is on Dollar Hot Dog Night.
The 2012 season Dollar Hot Dog Nights are:
- May 16
- May 30
- June 13
- June 27
- August 1
- August 22
- August 29
- September 12
- September 26
Birthday Parties at the Ballpark
Celebrate your little All-Star's birthday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Watch baseball bloopers as you eat and open presents. Take a guided tour of the ballpark. Enjoy time in the Center Field Sports Park playing whiffle ball. Each child in attendance receives a party favor from the Rangers to take home and remember the fun they had at the ballpark. Please call 817-273-5099 for additional information or to book your party.
Bring Your CamerasYes you can! Cameras and video equipment are permitted in Rangers Ballpark. Flash photography, video reproductions and equipment that might interfere with another guest's enjoyment of the game are prohibited.
All-You-Can-Eat SeatsReally like ballpark food? Purchase tickets in the upper home run porch and enjoy all your favorite ballpark foods for one low price served in the air-conditioned Home run Porch Grill for every home game. That's right. Unlimited hot dogs, nachos, grilled chicken sandwiches, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks on the cheap. Tickets: 972-Rangers.
Helpful Info: Designated Driver Program, Resale of Tickets
Designated Drivers/Good Sport Program. Fans 21 years or older, with a valid driver's license, may sign a pledge card agreeing not to drink alcoholic beverages during the game and accepting responsibility for driving the other members of their group home safely. Pledge cards are available at Guest Relations. Guests completing these cards are entered into a drawing for free Texas Rangers merchandise.
Resale of Tickets. By City of Arlington ordinance, the resale of tickets is not permitted within the Arlington Entertainment District. This includes Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, as well as all surrounding grounds and parking areas. Tickets maybe resold online through StubHub, the official Fan to Fan ticket marketplace for the Texas Rangers.
It was a dream year. For the first time ever, the Texas Rangers made it to the World Series. They were defeated in Game 5 by the San Francisco Giants. But 2011 is a new era and team owner Nolan Ryan has some great things in store for fans.
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