New Rangers ballpark gets blasted by baseball fans: ‘Sheet metal warehouse look’

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including opinions.

The Rangers are set to invite fans into Globe Life Park, their new stadium that cost taxpayers roughly $500 million to finance. While Rangers Park at Arlington wasn’t really old — it opened in 1994 — the fact that it didn’t have air conditioning made it, understandably, unbearable for people in the heart of Texas to take in a game in the heat of summer.

Well, that $500 million couldn’t buy a pretty ballpark, apparently. Globe Life Field is set to (worryingly) open to fans once games get underway, albeit at half capacity, amid a pandemic that has cases across Texas spiking. Should fans choose to venture out to Arlington and put life and limb on the line, they’ll get AC and a nice, close-up view of this monstrosity:

There’s something very … warehouse-y about the park, especially when you consider the charm that newer ballparks typically have. While not everyone has been able to replicate those results, there are plenty examples of new ballparks that have souls. Whether it’s Citi Field with its modern utilities but old-timey feel or Target Field with its signature look, baseball stadiums typically showcase a signature charm. Not to get too traditionalistic, but the look of a baseball stadium is part of what makes baseball, baseball.

If there’s any consolation, the inside of the park looks much, much nicer and homely:

While the inside of the stadium is much nicer (and air conditioned), needless to say, not everyone is excited about the look of the Rangers’ new digs, and Twitter decided to rag on it in typical Twitter fashion:

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