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Stephen Jones, Cowboys celebrating Texas Rangers’ new $1 billion stadium

This is a copy of artist renderings of the new Texas Rangers stadium. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Texas Rangers Co-Chairman Ray Davis announce that the Rangers will stay in Arlington and will build a new stadium across Randol Mill Road from Globe Life Park.
This is a copy of artist renderings of the new Texas Rangers stadium. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Texas Rangers Co-Chairman Ray Davis announce that the Rangers will stay in Arlington and will build a new stadium across Randol Mill Road from Globe Life Park. rmallison@star-telegram.com

The Texas Rangers baseball club has a big and enthusiastic supporter for their newly proposed $1 billion stadium in it’s Arlington neighbor on Randol Mill road, the Dallas Cowboys football club.

Vice president Stephen Jones said the new ball park, which will open in 2021 if approved by Arlington voters, is good for the Rangers, the city and the Cowboys.

The two teams have worked seamlessly together since the Cowboys opened $1.2 billion AT&T Stadium next door to the Rangers’ current Globe Life Park in 2009 and Jones is excited for what the new ball park can add to the relationship.

“I think it’s a big positive,” Jones said Thursday at AT&T Stadium. “We were one of the ones celebrating when it was announced that we would have -- Arlington has a great chance to keep them. I think it’s a great entertainment district out here. We just think it’s a huge plus for AT&T Stadium, for the Dallas Cowboys, for the Rangers to return and be a part of this. We’re certainly supportive of their return. And it sounds like it’s going to be another special building here in North Texas if they ever get the work done and the citizens of Arlington, which this has always seemed like a ‘can-do’ community. I’ll be surprised if there’s not huge support for it. We’ll be at the front of the line, top of the list supporting it.”

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a master agreement with the Texas Rangers ball club to build a $1 billion stadium with a retractable roof in time for the 2021 season.

The council’s next action is to be on Aug. 2 when it is expected to call an election for Nov. 8 asking voters’ permission to extend the current half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-motel tax and 5 percent car rental tax — now paying off the remaining $175 million debt on the AT&T Stadium debt — and start using some of the revenue to begin paying the city’s share of the new Rangers stadium.

The new stadium would be built on Parking Lots A and B, across Randol Mill Road from the existing stadium. The new ballpark, in preliminary designs, would be attached to the planned $200 million Texas Live!, a joint Arlington and Rangers mixed-use development is set to begin construction in the fall.

The project will feature 100,000 square feet shops, restaurants, bars and other retail businesses, 35,000 square feet of convention space and a 300-bed, high-rise luxury hotel, shops, restaurants and other businesses. A connecting concourse beyond the stadium outfield would allow Texas Live! patrons a view of the game.

Jones said the whole situation is positive for the Cowboys and AT&T Stadium.

“We’re very pro development, always will be,” Jones said. “Certainly we’re rooting for the development that is going on right now with the live project. They’re looking at a hotel there. We’re very supportive. We’re seeing if there’s anything we can do to support it. But we think all these things help the area and are positives for the area and a positive for the Cowboys and AT&T Stadium.”

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