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Bigger butts in seats? There'll be room for them in Rangers' new ballpark

An artist rendering of the new baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers being designed by HKS of Dallas.
An artist rendering of the new baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers being designed by HKS of Dallas. Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers aren't ready to say whether the new Globe Life Field will have natural grass or artificial turf, but they have made one decision that should make fans happy.

The seats in the new $1.2 billion retractable-roof ballpark, designed by HKS, will be wider than the current ones in Globe Life Park.

"We have not sized every seat but we have asked HKS to design the seats to be 1-2 inches wider than at Globe Life Park," said Rangers spokesman John Blake. "All seats at Globe Life Park are 18-19 inches wide. Seat width in both parks can and will vary depending on the geometry of the row or seating section. The goal would be for a 20-inch wide seat in pretty much all locations."

That's good news for those fans who enjoy the fat-filled, high-caloric food offered by the Rangers, including Texas Snowballs — brisket rolled into balls, dipped in funnel-cake batter and deep-fried before being topped with powdered sugar. Because who doesn't like powdered sugar with brisket, right?

The 40,000 seats have yet to be ordered but other choices on the look and feel of the new stadium, which is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2020 season, have yet to be made. said Jack Hill, senior vice president of project development in an update posted by the City of Arlington.

"The decisions that will be made here in the next few months are the brick and the stone and paint colors," Hill said. "The decisions we have to make now are primarily the ones on the items the fans will interact with, the types of seats, the colors of the seat and all the finishing materials."

Texas Live! isn't scheduled to open until the late summer/early fall, but we couldn't wait that long to see what's going on inside those construction fences. But we'll still have plenty of waiting to do because Live! by Loews isn't scheduled to op

As a comparison, AT&T Stadium seat widths range from 17 inches for regular seats to 21 inches for club seats, said Dallas Cowboys spokesman Joe Trahan.

How do the current seats at Globe Life Park compare with airline seats, where passengers are increasingly complaining of getting squeezed?

According to the website, seatguru.com, short-haul economy seats can range from a minimum width of 15.9 inches all the way up to 20 inches with most having either 17 or 18 inches.

The Texas Rangers aren't expected to move into their new stadium until 2020. In the meantime, take a look at how things are shaping up for the new Globe Life Field and Texas Live!

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