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:
— MLBcathedrals ⚾️ (@MLBcathedrals) June 24, 2020
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:
Bad break for Scottish economy as Tennant's Lager factory moves to Texas https://t.co/de270e7Iuh
— Bat Flips and Nerds (@batflips_nerds) June 24, 2020
Everyone seems to love the Texas Rangers’ new stadium. pic.twitter.com/uaA9LrbtpT
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) June 24, 2020
Why does the Rangers' new ballpark look like this? https://t.co/kirnYKbIj2
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) June 24, 2020
It can be a baseball stadium *or* a big box warehouse lawn and garden center, making Globe Life the world's worst Transformer. pic.twitter.com/6nqXoU7Qzm
— DSzymborski (@DSzymborski) June 24, 2020
whats up with that drive thru awning thing that looks like a nursing home or hotel drop-off
— Jordan (@jmb22392) June 24, 2020
— The Big D Rusty Shackleford アダム (@TwoBitWhackJob) June 24, 2020
So, Globe Life Field is basically Chase Field with a fresh coat of metal pic.twitter.com/w32GIt0Rlb
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 24, 2020
Seems my entire TL saw the outside of the new Rangers ballpark at once
(I’m sure it’s very nice inside... or... at least somewhat confident it is.)
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) June 24, 2020
just amazed that someone thought "sheet metal warehouse look" with asymmetrical frontage and *squints* what appears to be an office trailer were worthy of $1.2b, including $500m in public funding.
— birky (@b1rky) June 24, 2020
The Rangers opening a ballpark with a roof is a big gain because 1) it makes going to games there comfortable in the summer and 2) the memes and jokes have been excellent so far
— Chris Driver (@Jerkwheatery) June 24, 2020
Rangers sold their soul for A/C... The new stadium is the most boring ugliest thing I’ve seen in awhile. To go from the ballpark in Arlington, to this airplane hanger, looks like a metal shop building. https://t.co/1iCzx6rcv5
— MicahD (@MicahRDuncan) June 24, 2020