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Arlington Stadium

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Arlington Stadium was a baseball stadium located in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. It served as the home for the Texas Rangers (MLB) from 1972 until 1993, when the team moved into The Ballpark at Arlington (now Ameriquest Field in Arlington).

At a glance...
ARLINGTON STADIUM
Facility statistics
Location Arlington, Texas
Broke ground April 15, 1964
Opened April 23, 1965
First Rangers Game April 21, 1972
Closed October 3, 1993
Demolished 1994
Replaced by The Ballpark at Arlington
Owner City of Arlington
Surface 419 Bermuda Grass
Construction cost $1.9M
Architect
Tenants
Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs (AA baseball, 1965-1972)
Texas Rangers (MLB, 1972-1993)
Seating capacity
10,500 (1965)
35,185 (1972)
41,097 (1979)
43,521 (1992)
Dimensions
Left Field - 330 ft
Left-Center - 380 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right-Center - 380 ft
Right Field - 330 ft
Backstop - 60 ft

History

Arlington Stadium, originally named Turnpike Stadium, was designed to be a stadium for both the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and was used as a minor league ballpark for seven years. In 1972, the Washington Senators announced their intentions to move to Texas and the stadium underwent a rapid expansion and a name change to "Arlington Stadium."

The circular layout of the stadium, with a disproportionate number of outfield seats (thus limiting potential revenue), was by no means an ideal baseball facility (it was the late 1970s before an upper deck was finally installed above the infield seating areas), but it would remain the Rangers' home for over two decades.

The stadium, though, had two advantages. First, before installation of a wrap-around scoreboard, the predominant gusty winds from the south would kill many fly balls that would otherwise have been home runs. Second, the large number of metal bleacher seats would come in handy on Bat Night, the promotional game where children under age 12 would receive (most years) a real bat that could be pounded on the bleachers. As Bat Night would (in some years) be the only sell-out, the spectacle of 10,000 kids banging their bats all at once would create a deafening sound.

The stadium eventually began to show its age and inadequacy, and the City of Arlington approved the construction of a new stadium for the Texas Rangers. The last game was played in Arlington Stadium on October 3, 1993, resulting in a 4-1 win by the visiting Kansas City Royals, witnessed by 41,039 fans. Following the 1993 season, the Texas Rangers moved to the nearby Ballpark in Arlington and Arlington Stadium was demolished in 1994. The foul poles and home plate from Arlington Stadium were moved to the new stadium.

Arlington Stadium never saw a playoff game or an All-Star Game, but was host to several of Nolan Ryan's greatest moments, including his 5,000th strikeout and his seventh no-hitter.

 

FIRSTS at ARLINGTON STADIUM
Game
4/21/1972 Angels 6, Rangers 7
Umpires Marty Springstead, Russ Goetz
  Hank Morganweck, John Rice
Managers Ted Williams, Rangers
  Del Rice, Angels
Starting Pitchers Dick Bosman, Rangers
  Clyde Wright, Angels
Ceremonial Pitch Arlington Mayor Tom Vandergriff
Attendance 20,105
Batting
Batter Sandy Alomar, Sr. (pop out)
Hit Frank Howard (home run)
Run Frank Howard
RBI Frank Howard
Single Vada Pinson
Double Lenny Randle
Triple Toby Harrah (4/22/1972)
Home Run Frank Howard
Grand Slam Carlos May (6/25/1972)
IPHR Danny Thompson (06/24/1974)
Stolen Base Lenny Randle
Sacrifice Hit Dick Bosman
Sacrifice Fly Luis Aparicio (04/28/1972)
Cycle Cal Ripken (05/06/1984)
Pitching
Win Dick Bosman
Loss Clyde Wright
Shutout Pete Broberg (4/22/1972)
Save Paul Lindblad
Hit by Pitch Nolan Ryan hit Dave Nelson (04/23/1972)
Wild Pitch Casey Cox
Balk Dave Lemonds (06/24/1972)
No-Hitter Mike Witt (09/30/1984)
Perfect Game Mike Witt (09/30/1984)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet
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Economics of Stadiums
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City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.


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