Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Texas Rangers will be playing their first games this season, and maybe more, without fans at Globe Life Field.
The retro era may be over. The architects of the Texas Rangers’ new home say its structure is a step forward in ballpark design. Globe Life Field, they say, is something new.
If Angels owner Arte Moreno’s long-term plans are realized, baseball fans will someday be able to grab a meal, browse some shops or relax in a 5-acre park just steps from the stadium, or even stay in a hotel overlooking the iconic ballpark.
The green, green grass of home awaits the Rockies at Coors Field. Mark Razum and his crew made sure of that. A sixth-month rebuild of the playing surface at Coors was finished in March in preparation for the scheduled home opener last Friday.
To some, the best sound of Opening Days past at Fenway Park was always the rumbling good vibrations of the metal gates being hoisted up, revealing so many joyous faces on kids who were playing hooky, decked out in their best Red Sox gear, including their baseball gloves.
Rob Matwick woke up Sunday morning and checked the Arlington weather forecasts. The Rangers’ executive vice president for business operations saw rain coming on Monday, but Tuesday is supposed to be 67 degrees and partly cloudy. Matwick knew it would be great weather for opening up a new ballpark.
One of the concerns for Dodgers fans, other than the obvious, has been stadium renovations for 2020. Major League Baseball has of course suspended operations, but that has not stopped construction workers from working tirelessly around the clock.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to focus on Chase Field as their place to play in the Phoenix area, certainly for the present and perhaps even for the long-term
A planned $100-million offseason renovation of Dodger Stadium that focused on adding five elevators and four escalators, creating a “front door” and sprucing up the outfield pavilions is expected to be ready for opening day against the San Francisco Giants on March 26 but won’t be done in time for exhibitions against the Angels on March 23 and 24. That’s cutting it close.
Marlins FanFest on Saturday provided not only a first look at the club’s newcomers but also the changes at Marlins Park, from on the diamond to the east plaza.