While I am a big sports fan, baseball is not high on my favorites list. Having said that I am fascinated by the ballparks. This one is where the Texas Rangers play. It is located about a block or two from the AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play. I toured the Cowboys stadium and was so impressed by the Rangers ballpark I came back to take a tour.
This is an impressive looking ballpark inside and out. It is also BIG – like everything in Texas.
What’s a big ballpark without a big sign.
The tours start near the right field ticket booths. Tours are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $8 for kids (4-14 years of age). Parking is free and across the street.
Tours are conducted on the hour. I was pretty lucky in that I showed up and was the only one in my “group”. Bob gave me a personalized tour.
The tour starts out in what I will call the “behind the scenes area” because I can’t think of a different name. Essentially it is behind the stands where the restrooms and vendors are. It takes roughly an hour for the tour.
We started the tour up in the press box where the overall view of the ballpark is stunning. Tours are done early in the day for night games or on non-game days.
Next on the tour was the luxury box. Few of us will get to see a game from here so its nice that its on the tour. There are 10 seats outside and air conditioning inside. A trivia note is that the Texas Rangers are one of the few ballparks that let you bring in your own food.
From the luxury box we go down below street level into the press conference room. I have seen my share of these on television but it was pretty cool to see it in person.
The tour then gets to my favorite spot – the dugout. While the pretty views are from above, this gives you a “game view” perspective that you rarely get except by being in the dugout. I spent a little time here just soaking up the view and listening to Bob give insights to the ballpark. The most interesting was about someone who spent a week or so documenting the experience from EVERY seat in the place and then wrote a book about it. Bob helped a bit. Also of note is that the right field bleacher section above is designed to replicate the Detroit Tigers Ballpark.
As we walked back in Bob pointed out the Rangers locker room which was unfortunately not part of the tour. I did get to see the indoor batting cages though.
We finished off the tour here at the plaques that have all of the workers names that helped build the ballpark. A nice tribute to those that built this fine ballpark. Ironically they are set to vote for a new domed ballpark later in the year.
This is a great tour of the ballpark as you rarely get to see it during a game. Even if you do not care for baseball much, it is a beautiful piece of architecture. Made me want to come back and watch a game soon.
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