Someday, the Texas Rangers will have a parade in Arlington — not the big city like the Patriots did
The Patriots held their Super Bowl parade in Boston, not Foxborough. When the Texas Rangers win the WS, will they celebrate in Arlington or Dallas?
Like most Texas Rangers fans, I feel a twinge of jealousy and pain when I watch another city celebrate a championship. As I watched duck boats full of New England Patriots snake through the streets of downtown Boston, I couldn’t be the only one thinking “When will we get our chance?”
More than 1 million fans showed up to celebrate the Patriots’ win, CBS News reported. About three months ago, the Red Sox marched through the streets of downtown Boston to celebrate their fourth World Series victory in 14 years.
This won’t be an in-depth examination of what the Rangers need to do to get back to the playoffs. For that, check out this column on the Rangers’ young core. My inaugural Nolan Writin’ column is about where the parade WILL take place when (not if!) the Rangers finally win a championship.
While it makes sense for the Red Sox to have a parade in Boston, the city that grounds historic Fenway Park, I noticed that the Patriots’ parade was held 30 miles from their home stadium (Gillette Stadium) in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
I can’t imagine a scenario where Arlington would relinquish a parade for the Cowboys or the Rangers to Dallas.
The Rangers’ parade should stream down Nolan Ryan Parkway, turn on Road to Six Flags Street, and finish on Randol Mill Road right next to Globe Life Field and Texas Live!
Arlington is very possessive of its Major League Baseball team because they beat both Dallas and Fort Worth in bringing it here and keeping it here. The city of Arlington worked hard to keep the Texas Rangers in the city, and the under-construction Globe Life Field is the result of its efforts.
I was at the game when the Rangers won the American League West on the last day of the 2015 season. Championship t-shirts sporting the Dallas skyline went on sale immediately after the win.
While Reunion Tower, Bank of America Plaza and Fountain Place provide one of the most iconic skylines in the world, the city or Arlington decided to quickly pump the brakes and remove those shirts from the ballpark gift shops. Why? Because the Texas Rangers play in Arlington, not Dallas!
All the cities that made the playoffs that year had skyline shirts, it wasn’t just the Rangers. You have to wonder, though, if the Angels had made the playoffs instead of the Rangers, would Anaheim have thrown a fit over the L.A. skyline being featured? Luckily for them, Cole Hamels pitched all nine innings in game 162 and that wasn’t an issue.
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I do remember local sports radio hosts joking that Arlington’s skyline would consist of roller coasters from Six Flags and I think someone even made a mock up of what that shirt would look like on Twitter.
The skyline shirts sold out before I could get one but I was lucky enough to order one online. I felt like I purchased a banned item!
In the past when I’ve talked with former Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, he told me he had the television networks on speed dial and they would hear from him anytime the broadcasters goofed and said they were in Dallas.
After paying for three stadiums, you can’t blame Arlington. The city’s half-cent sales tax helped pay for Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and will pay for Globe Life Field.
As for Foxborough, they can’t really complain the way Arlington does because Gillette Stadium was 100 percent privately financed by team owner Robert Kraft when it opened in 2002, according to The Kraft Group’s website. At the time, it was the only privately financed stadium in the NFL.
The new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers under construction in Inglewood, CA will also be privately financed. Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke, invested $1.6 billion into the stadium with the rest coming from banks and NFL stadium financing, the Sports Business Journal reported. It’s a total investment of $4.25 billion, the most expensive stadium in the country.
As for the Rangers, here’s to hoping the team can get back to the playoffs and put together its first winning season since 2016. Someday, hopefully soon, Rangers fans and the city of Arlington will have something to really celebrate!