Hey Metro Jim -
Why are the Rangers getting a new home after only 26 seasons in The Ballpark? I'm sure I can find the official reason(s) online but suspect you might have some extra insight.
In a word: HEAT
And the fact that 95 in Dallas "feels" hotter than 95 in, say, Milwaukee. This is due to the fact that the sun's rays fall more directly on lower latitudes. Further, there is no such thing as a 'cool evening' following a 95+ degree day. "Down here" the temp won't fall more than 3 or 4 degrees below the afternoon high until well past midnight. Then, of course, there are those 25 or so days during the season with temps >100.
BTW: Every major league city at or below our latitude has an 'indoor' facility (Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, Houston; San Diego has a different climate situation).
Despite this (and the fact that there is no "mass transit"
) annual attendance at The Ballpark averaged nearly 3MM. The new park will sell out at considerably higher ticket prices. After all, DFW is the largest metro area not to have two teams.
Why they didn't put a roof on The Ballpark (and air condition it) is beyond me; Hell, Houston had that figured out nearly 60 years ago when they built the Astrodome!
And, all that said, ATT Stadium (Jerry World, The Death Star) is just next door. Just how long could the Rangers' wealthier owners 'stand' that?
Then there was the matter of the Rangers being at a competitive disadvantage for free agents. Now there will be air conditioning to go along with the no state or local income taxes.
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2019/09/30 19:05:22