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The Ballpark in Arlington

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Ameriquest Field in Arlington is a baseball stadium located in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. It was known until May 2004 as The Ballpark in Arlington. It was constructed as a replacement for nearby Arlington Stadium.

At a glance...
THE BALLPARK IN ARLINGTON
Facility statistics
Location 1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
Broke ground 1992
Opened April 1, 1994
Owner Arlington Sports Facilities
Development Authority
Replaced Arlington Stadium
Surface 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass
Construction cost $191M
($135M taxpayers, $56M Rangers)
Architect David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services,
HKS, Inc. (architect of record)
Tenants
Texas Rangers (1994-present)
Seating capacity
49,115 (1994)
49,178 (2004)
Dimensions
Left Field Line - 332 ft (102 m)
Left Field Jog - 354 ft (108 m)
Left-Center - 390 ft (119.0 m)
Deep Left-Center - 404 ft (123 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (122 m)
Deep Right-Center - 407 ft (124 m)
Right-Center - 377 ft (115 m)
Right-Center Jog - 381 ft (116 m)
Right Field Jog - 349 ft (106 m)
Right Field Line - 325 ft (99 m)
Backstop - 60 ft (18 m)

The stadium is home to the Major League Baseball team, the Texas Rangers, and the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum.

History

Funding was approved for a new home for the Texas Rangers in 1991 by the City of Arlington. Construction began on April 2, 1992 a short distance away from Arlington Stadium, the ballpark it would replace, and the new Ballpark in Arlington was opened on April 1, 1994 in an exhibition contest between the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets. The first official game was on April 11 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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The Rangers chose to build a retro-style ballpark along the lines of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Jacobs Field. However, unlike those stadiums (which were situated on irregular plots of land in crowded downtown areas), Ameriquest Field was built on one of the old Arlington Stadium parking lots. Thus, the irregular dimensions are totally artificial.

This stadium was the site of the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It also hosted the first regular-season interleague game on June 12, 1997, when the Rangers played the San Francisco Giants.

On May 7, 2004, Rangers owner Tom Hicks announced that he had negotiated a sale of the naming rights of the stadium to home mortgage company Ameriquest. The contract was worth $75 million over 30 years.

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FIRSTS at THE BALLPARK IN ARLINGTON
Game
04/11/1994 Brewers 4, Rangers 3
Umpires Greg Kosc, Al Clark
  Dan Morrison, Larry Barnett
Managers Kevin Kennedy, Rangers
  Phil Garner, Brewers
Starting Pitchers Kenny Rogers, Rangers
  Jaime Navarro, Brewers
Ceremonial Pitch Arlington Mayor Richard Greene
Attendance 46,056
Batting
Batter Pat Listach (groundout)
Hit David Hulse (single)
Run Dave Nilsson
RBI Dave Nilsson
Single David Hulse
Double Dean Palmer
Triple Kevin Seitzer
Home Run Dave Nilsson
Grand Slam Bernie Williams (06/06/1994)
IPHR Michael Tucker (08/16/1996)
Stolen Base David Hulse
Sacrifice Hit Dave Nilsson (04/13/1994)
Sacrifice Fly John Jaha (04/14/1994)
Cycle (None)
Pitching
Win Jaime Navarro
Loss Kenny Rogers
Shutout Kevin Brown, Tom Henke (04/28/1994)
Save Bob Scanlan
Hit by Pitch Graeme Lloyd hit David Hulse
Wild Pitch Brad Pennington (04/15/1994)
Balk Kenny Rogers (05/07/1994)
No-Hitter Kenny Rogers (07/28/1994)
Perfect Game Kenny Rogers (07/28/1994)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
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Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
:
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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