Home Plate Update December 2018 - Page 4

Rangers Unveil Globe Life Field Sales Center, New Ballpark Roof Details W hile construction crews and towering cranes are busy building the Texas Rangers’ new retractable-roof ballpark, die-hard fans can already check out model suites, choose their seats and explore other stadium features at the newly opened Globe Life Field Sales Center. “To this point we’ve released renderings, and you can get a certain amount of feel for it when you look at in an image. But, when you can come, walk all the way around it, watch the roof move from east to west and open and close, I think it adds an element of excitement that is pretty cool for our customers,” said Rob Matwick, Rangers' executive vice president of business operations. The Rangers unveiled the Globe Life Field Sales Center, which is in what was formerly the Hall of Fame space on Randol Mill Road, during a media event on November 27. One of center’s attractions is a 3D model with a functioning retractable roof to help fans better visualize the seating bowl, field and open-air feeling of the new 40,000-seat ballpark. Globe Life Field opens in 2020. 4 In addition to showing off the new sales center, the Rangers announced key design features for the retractable roof. The roof, which measures 240,000 square feet, is designed to provide a climate-controlled atmosphere for fans and players 365 days a year while still letting in natural light. HKS Principal John Hutchings said Globe Life Field will feel like an outdoor ballpark when the roof is open. The challenge of making the ballpark feel more like an open environment than an enclosed space will be aided using translucent building material known as Ethylene Tetraflouroethylene (ETFE), a plastic polymer related to