By Garret Heinrich


The Texas Rangers are looking to upgrade their ballpark in Arlington, Texas, just outside of Dallas.  (IT’S ARLINGTON, NOT DALLAS! DON’T CALL IT DALLAS!) On Thursday architecture firm HKS was hired to design the new baseball stadium and entertainment venue in the city.

The Rangers are looking to update and modernize their fans experience from their current Globe Life Park in Arlington, which was opened in 1994. It seems as though the new stadium is taking some visual cues from the home of division rivals and state rivals Houston Astros.

The big rendering that seems to represent Minute Maid Park well is the inside the stadium left field which has arches a lot like the Houston Astros.

HOUSTON - APRIL 3: Minute Maid Park is shown during the Opening Day game between the Houston Astros and the Florida Marlins at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The Astros won 1-0. (Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images)

There are a lot of similarities here.

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Aside from the dirt diamond with bases set 90-feet apart the large white arches stretching from the left-field corner to center field are remarkably close.  The big difference is that it looks like the new Rangers stadium will not have  Crawford Boxes set up protruding out and the arches in no way become a part of the playing landscape.  But if you are standing at home plate looking out to left field, we wouldn’t begrudge you for trying to figure out what Texas city you are in.

And if you are wondering, now HSK did not design Minute Maid park. They have done a number of other stadiums including the Rams new stadium in Los Angeles.

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