The Texas Rangers are reportedly in the market for a new ballpark. The City of Arlington and the Rangers are set to announce plans for a new stadium on Friday.
A press conference has been scheduled to discuss a "public-private partnership" that would reportedly split the bill 50/50 between Arlington and the Rangers.
According to the Star-Telegram, the new stadium -- which would feature a retractable roof -- would cost $900 million. Assuming the deal is indeed a 50/50 split with public funding, that puts the Arlington taxpayer on the hook for $450 million.
Globe Life Park was originally opened in 1994 and cost $191 million total to build. While a retractable roof would certainly be important during day games in Texas, Globe Life Park is still younger than Tropicana Field (1990), Rogers Centre (1989), and O.co Coliseum (1966) among others.
So let's open this up for our Friday Open Thread and let you all sort this out.
What's wrong with the Rangers' new stadium plan?
We've asked our followers on twitter this exact question and will be posting the best responses right here, and we'll tweet out the best comments you leave below. Watch this space!
@mlbdailydish Globe Life Park is a beautiful park, there is no reason to build a new stadium when the stadium you have isn't broken.— See this Kip (@kip_play) May 20, 2016
@mlbdailydish can't they just upgrade the AC. I'm sure it's harder than it sounds but if you're willing to spend that much money why not?— Grizzly Fanatic (@dannyrivas85) May 20, 2016
@mlbdailydish I worked there one summer. Night games were bearable but day games made me hate everything.— ajs (@ajsstormchaser) May 20, 2016
Adam J. Morris of Lone Star Ball swung by to Well, Actually us.
@mlbdailydish Once again, they can't retro-fit a retractable roof on Globe Life. If they could, it would have been done 10-15 yrs ago.— Adam J. Morris (@lonestarball) May 20, 2016
@mlbdailydish Because the interior of the ballpark would have to be gutted and re-done to install sufficient cooling plants.— Adam J. Morris (@lonestarball) May 20, 2016