A new ballpark seems likely for the Texas Rangers when their lease on Globe Life Park expires after the 2023 season, but the club hasn’t reached the window where upgrades to their home would be a waste of money.
To that end, the Rangers on Thursday revealed plans for a new videoboard atop the office space in left field for 2016 to give fans sitting in right field a chance to follow along with what for years has been shown above them on the primary videoboard.
South Dakota-based Daktronics will design, manufacture and install the new videoboard that the Rangers are installing above the offices in left field at Globe Life Park. Daktronics also installed the videoboards in right field and center field before the 2011 season.
The new board will offer the same layout as the right-field board, but will have a higher brightness level to combat the sunlight that will pour in from the west.
The Rangers also announced that they are replacing the foul poles that have stood in Arlington since the club arrived in 1972. The new poles will have a thicker base than the old ones, which were moved from Arlington Stadium when the new ballpark opened in 1994.
One-foot pieces of the left-field foul pole will be sold Jan. 23 during FanFest, with proceeds going to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.