Rangers get OK for $4 million in ballpark renovations

12/03/2013 9:57 PM

12/04/2013 2:36 PM

Rangers Ballpark will get renovations to its Diamond Club, and seating, lighting and escalators after Arlington council members approved $4 million for renovations at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The renovations are part of a series of measures to improve the look and feel of the ballpark, which will be 20 years old next year.

Rob Matwick, executive vice president of Rangers Ballpark, said remodeling will be complete by the season opener March 31.

Located in left field, the Diamond Club provides a place to eat, drink and watch the game indoors. It was converted to a season-ticket-holder-only club in the 2013 season. The club will get new paint, carpet and furniture.

This is the fourth year of ballpark improvements, which will also consist of replacing the outside seats in the upper suites with higher backs and padding, exterior lighting and escalator updates, and renovation and expansion of the suite kitchen on the club concourse.

The seats in the lower section were replaced last winter as a part of a $12 million project that included new home-plate seats, renovating and expanding the Capital One Club on the mezzanine level, a new merchandise store between home plate and first base, and the replacement of approximately 12,000 seats in the lower seating bowl with new seats that include higher backs.

Convention Center Director Mark Wisness asked the council to authorize the Arlington Convention Center Development Corporation, which acts on behalf of the city, to enter agreements with the Texas Rangers, Manhattan Construction Co., Metroplex Sportservices, American Seating Co., Sports Venue Signs, LLC and KONE.

The Rangers will provide funding, project management, design and planning services for the additional improvements.

The Arlington Convention Center Development Corporation was created by the city in 2007 to oversee the entertainment district, including improvements to the ballpark which the city owns.

The council voted to approve the $4 million renovation request. Councilwoman Sheri Capehart was absent. 

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