The Texas Rangers have unveiled details on some of the concession offerings planned for Globe Life Field, their upcoming retractable-roof ballpark.
Construction of Globe Life Field was reported Thursday morning to be 78% complete, putting it on track for its scheduled opening in March 2020. It was also revealed Thursday that the Rangers and Delaware North Sportservice have struck a long-term food, beverage, and retail contract, allowing the two sides to carry over their existing arrangement at Globe Life Park to the new ballpark.
Details are already emerging on what fans can expect from Globe Life Field’s food and beverage lineup when the ballpark opens. Along with a wider array of options throughout the ballpark than what is currently offered at Globe Life Park, the Rangers and Delaware North are planning several distinct food offerings. More from the Dallas Morning News:
“As you can see, as we look around here, the business has changed a little bit,” said Jerry Jacobs Jr., the co-CEO of Delaware North Sportservice. “We’re seeing the live product on the outside of the ballparks. But there’s still that tradition — that hot dog, that concession, that experience. … When I was a kid, I remember going to the ballpark, it was the sound and the smell of the fresh-cut grass and the food that added to that whole experience.”
Delaware North general manager Casey Rapp mentioned that the upper deck food options at the current Globe Life Park are “pretty generic.” In the new ballpark, he said, the food options will be more diverse.
He spoke about a restaurant called “Throwing Smoke” which will serve barbecue, and the restaurant will have rocking chairs and tables out front. Many names of food items and restaurants will be plays on baseball terminology.
There will be a hot dog place called “Abner Doubledogs,” a pizza restaurant called “High Cheese” and venue called “Barrel Up” which serves alcohol. Rapp added that “getting a mixed drink is gonna be much easier here than it is over there.”
The Rangers will begin their final homestand at Globe Life Park Tuesday, with their final game there scheduled for September 29. Following the team’s departure, Globe Life Park will remain standing, with an XFL team set to occupy the facility beginning next spring and other uses likely emerging down the road.
When it opens, Globe Life Field will be MLB’s first new ballpark since 2017’s opening of Atlanta’s SunTrust Park. The Rangers are scheduled to play an exhibition game there against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 23, before facing the Los Angeles Angels in the regular-season home opener on March 31
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