New street sign toppers honoring the Rangers’ stadium-naming-rights partner could be in place along Ballpark Way before the team’s home opener next month.
The Rangers say they will pay the city to install four honorary sign toppers that will read “Globe Life Park Way” along a short section of Ballpark Way on the east side of Globe Life Park in Arlington. The sign toppers, which will cost about $350 total, are expected to be installed at the intersections with Randol Mill Road and Road to Six Flags before the team’s April 10 game against the Houston Astros, city and team officials said this week. Ballpark Way’s name is not officially changing, though.
“We thought the honorary designation would allow us to maintain the Ballpark Way name but still recognize our naming-rights partner in an appropriate manner with street signs adjacent to the building,” said Rob Matwick, Rangers executive vice president of business operations.
The sign toppers, which are still being designed, are expected to include the Globe Life Park logo, Matwick said.
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The stadium, formerly known as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, was renamed Globe Life Park in Arlington last year after the team inked a 10-year multimillion-dollar naming deal with Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co.
The length of the deal coincides with the end of the Rangers’ 30-year lease on the city-owned ballpark. This year marks the team’s 21st season at the stadium.
Arlington has honorary street sign toppers in other parts of town. Last year, toppers that honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were installed along Center Street between Randol Mill Road and Pioneer Parkway. The white-and-purple toppers feature an iconic image of the slain civil-rights leader.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639