2019 marks the final year of Globe Life Park, home to the Texas Rangers. In addition to a comprehensive lineup of giveaways—think bobbleheads—music lovers could take in two of the industry’s revered performers. Former Beatle Paul McCartney took to the stage on June 14; Billy Joel will bid the park adieu with a concert on Oct. 12.
In 1994, Globe Life Park, then known as the Ballpark in Arlington, became the new home to the Texas Rangers. Like new stadiums of the era, it was state-of-the-art, but harkened back to the glory days of baseball with simple touches such as a granite and brick façade.
The Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers officially christened the field on April 11, 1994; it will be the Rangers and New York Yankees saying goodbye with the park’s last regular season game on Sun., Sept. 29. The park will make way for Globe Life Field, a $1.1 billion structure rising up across the street. It features a retractable roof with sections made of see-through material, allowing for an outdoor feel with the roof closed, while natural grass will be replaced with an artificial surface. The new stadium, which broke ground Sept. 28, 2017, is slated to open in March 2020.
At Globe Life Park, the Rangers’ yearly attendance never dipped below 1.9 million, with a high of 3,460,280 in 2012. In the park’s first 24 years, fans have seen numerous individual and team accomplishments, including seven A.L. West titles and back-to-back World Series trips in 2010 and 2011. Adrian Beltre, who spent the last eight years of his 21-year career with the Rangers, recorded his 3,000th hit at home in 2017, while Juan Gonzalez (1996, 1998), Ivan Rodriguez (1999), Alex Rodriguez (2003) and Josh Hamilton (2010) were all American League MVPs.
Rangers management is treating their fans and honoring their current and former players with special events and giveaways. The final month will include a TXU Energy 2010 A.L. Pennant Scoreboard Replica (Sept. 28) and a Globe Life Final Game T-shirt (Sept. 29).