A lot of smoke yesterday at Globe Life Field when a fire broke out in the upper levels of the new home of the Texas Rangers, but it remains to be seen whether the two-alarm blaze will impact the construction schedule.
It certainly looked serious, with plenty of smoke rising from the ballpark, set to open in March 2020:
And the longer video with the sirens going. pic.twitter.com/r604PdgfoP
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) December 14, 2019
But how serious remains to be seen. The fire was reportedly centralized in building materials and not the actual construction, according to a statement from Manhattan Construction Group, which is good news for all involved:
“A crate of materials staged in the roof area of the Globe Life Field project caught fire,” Manhattan said in a statement. “It was quickly contained and extinguished. There were no injuries. We are investigating the cause of the fire in conjunction with the Arlington Fire Department and will release that once it is determined. We would like to express our appreciation for the Arlington Fire Department and emergency personnel for their quick response and support to this incident.”
Globe Life Field’s first major event will be a concert headlined by Chris Stapleton on March 14, with the Rangers getting their first look at the finished ballpark later in this month. The Rangers are scheduled to play exhibition games there against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 23 and Rangers minor leaguers on March 24, before facing the Los Angeles Angels in the regular-season home opener on March 31.
Image courtesy Texas Rangers, taken in late October when the last retractable roof truss was installed.
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