Texas Rangers share video of billion dollar new ballpark, get mercilessly lambasted online

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Texas Rangers share video of billion dollar new ballpark, get mercilessly lambasted online

A rendering of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, previously shared by AN. The completed ballpark’s exterior looks just a wee bit different. (Courtesy HKS)

Major League Baseball franchise the Texas Rangers shared a video yesterday proudly unveiling the completed exterior of Globe Life Field, a new $1.1 billion Arlington stadium with a retractable roof that will replace Globe Life Park, a less than 30-year-old retro-style facility designed by David M. Schwarz located directly across the street. The new climate-controlled stadium’s retractable roof is a key feature as spectators at the open Globe Life Park were prone to baking in the sweltering summer Texas heat.  The team had previously revealed the 40,300-capacity ballpark’s interior to a mostly positive—if not slightly muted—response.

The reception to aerial footage of the HKS-designed stadium’s exterior, however, has resulted in a bench-clearing social media pile-on, with commentators comparing the building from everything to a “municipal airport cropduster repair hangar” to a megachurch that “married a livestock auction barn and had a baby.”  The stadium’s likeness to a  disposable aluminum roasting pan, a very apropos comparison in this instance, has also come up multiple times around the Twitterverse.

Here’s just a small sampling:

The 40,300–seatcapacity Globe Life Field was slated to open to for official play in March but that has since been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, although the facility has hosted graduation ceremonies. The regular MLB season is anticipated to resume either July 23 or 24 according to the organization, although even those dates seem to be in flux. Texas is still being ravaged by COVID-19, prompting Governor Greg Abbott to hit the breaks on further statewide reopening efforts.

Headquartered in Dallas, HKS has designed numerous other major league sports facilities including the under-construction SoFi Stadium, future home of the L.A. Rams, in Inglewood, California; Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, a Super Bowl LII-hosting venue that references the city’s Nordic heritage but unfortunately also kills a lot of birds.