The Texas Rangers will play their final season in Globe Life Park next year. Here are some of the things about the stadium I’ll miss most.
While we’re all looking forward to Globe Life Field, there are going to be things we miss about Globe Life Park. So before I get excited about all the shiny new features at the new ballpark, I wanted to list what I’ll miss most from what will forever be The Ballpark in Arlington to me.
These features probably aren’t the most important thing in a baseball stadium. And there might be more aesthetically pleasing parks or better features in other stadiums, but the items on my list are what made the Rangers’ ballpark special to me.
The Red Brick Exterior
There’s just something about that red brick exterior. It catches your eye as you’re walking up to the ballpark, standing out against the rest of the buildings surrounding it. It’s classic ballpark architecture, yet it screams Texas. It’s perfect.
The Roofed Home Run Porch in Right Field
Yeah, it’s got some bad views. You don’t want to get stuck behind one of the steel columns holding up the upper deck. But it reminds me of old ballparks from the 1920’s and I love it. Honestly, I wouldn’t hate it if the entire outfield was a home run porch. I know that’s not feasible, but I just love the way it looks. Baseball is an old game, a game with history, and when the park you’re in reminds you of that history, there’s something comforting about that. Even if it comes with bad seats.
The White Steel Frieze
The offices beyond center field are adorned with a white steel frieze that’s reminiscent of old Yankee Stadium. To me, it’s one of the defining features of the ballpark, making it instantly recognizable. Like a lot of the features at Globe Life Park, it stirs nostalgia and makes you remember that baseball has been America’s game for a long time.
The Out-of-Town Scoreboard
Technically I already miss this. I hated when the Rangers changed the out-of-town scoreboard in left field from manual to electronic. I get that the manual is a chore to keep up with, but it’s old school and nostalgic and just really, really cool. I don’t know if this feature is moving to the new ballpark, or if it even fits with the new style, but I’d like to see the manual out-of-town scoreboard come back.
There’s going to be a batter’s eye in the new ballpark. We know that. Batter’s eyes are necessary so that batters can see the ball coming out of the pitcher’s hand. But it doesn’t have to be a slight, sloping hill like Greene’s Hill. There’s no guarantee Rangers fans will have a neat little field to run onto so they can snag a home run ball. Greene’s Hill is a nice little touch at the ballpark, one of those details that you don’t notice until they’re gone. I’ll miss seeing kids spill onto the grass and race toward the latest home run hit by a Ranger.
If you’re feeling nostalgic like me, leave a comment below about what you’ll miss the most about Globe Life Park.