The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football franchise that plays in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). They are headquartered in Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas , a suburb of Dallas . The team plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas , within the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area, which finished construction in time for the 2009 season. [ 1 ] The Cowboys joined the NFL as a 1960 expansion team . [ 2 ] The team's national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive home sell-outs. The Cowboys' streak of 160 sold-out regular and post-season games began in 1990, and included 79 straight sellouts at their former home, Texas Stadium , and 81 straight sell-outs on the road. [ 3 ] The franchise shares the record for most Super Bowl appearances (8) with the Pittsburgh Steelers , corresponding to most NFC championships (8). [ 4 ] The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966–85), in which they only missed the playoffs twice (1974 and 1984), an NFL record that remains unchallenged.
An article from Forbes Magazine , dated July 15, 2013, lists the Cowboys as the second highest valued sports franchise in the United States (behind New York Yankees of Major League Baseball ), and fifth in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $2.1 billion. [ 5 ] They are also the wealthiest team in the NFL, generating almost $269 million in annual revenue.
Globe Life Park in Arlington is located a quarter mile southeast of the old Arlington Stadium site at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way (formerly Stadium Drive). Parking lots and the other complex features surround the park. Globe Life Park in Arlington and the entire complex is easily accessible from Interstate 30, which is adjacent to the north side of the site. Nolan Ryan Expressway, constructed in honor of baseball's all-time strikeout king, runs north to south on the west side of the ballpark and serves as a major access road through the complex.
See the most exciting behind-the-scenes areas of the ballpark including batting cages, press box, City of Arlington Suite, dugout, and much more. All areas are subject to availability.
All tours start at the First Base Box Office located on the south side of Globe Life Park. Look for the Tours window, where Ballpark Tour Tickets may be purchased in advance or at tour time. Parking is available in the B Lot at the corner of Nolan Ryan Expressway and Randol Mill Road.
For questions about Globe Life Park Tours, please call 817-273-5099. No advance purchase necessary for individual tours.
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On April 1, 1994, a new era for the Texas Rangers began with the opening of Globe Life Park in Arlington. The beautiful baseball-only facility serves as the centerpiece of a 270-acre complex which solidifies Arlington, Texas as an entertainment giant in the Southwest.
Globe Life Park in Arlington, completed in just 23 months, is a state-of-the-art building with the utmost in customer convenience. Yet, the 48,114-seat open-air ballpark was designed and built with tradition and intimacy in mind, containing features such as a granite and brick facade, exposed structural steel, an asymmetrical playing field, and a home run porch in right field. Texas architecture is featured throughout, from the outer facade to the Lone Stars in the concourses and on the seat aisles.
This unique complex also includes a four-story office building within the ballpark, a 12-acre lake, and parks and recreation space on the perimeter. Total cost of the project was approximately $191 million.
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Globe Live Park in Arlington is located a quarter mile southeast of the old Arlington Stadium site at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way (formerly Stadium Drive). Parking lots and the other complex features surround the park. Globe Life Park in Arlington and the entire complex is easily accessible from Interstate 30, which is adjacent to the north side of the site.
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Globe Life Park in Arlington contains approximately 1,400,000 square feet. The ballpark measures 114 feet from street level to the top of the roof canopy.
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The agreement between the Rangers and the City of Arlington, Texas to build a new ballpark was announced on October 24, 1990. Actual construction began on April 24, 1992. The ballpark was named on September 28, 1993. The first game was an exhibition contest between the Rangers and New York Mets on April 1, 1994 with the first regular season game played on April 11, 1994 between the Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.
In 2007, the ballpark changed its name from Ameriquest Field to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and in 2014 was renamed Globe Life Park in Arlington.
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Natural Grass : The infield playing surface of Globe Life Park in Arlington consists of certified Tifway 419. The turf was provided by Tri-Tex Grass in Granbury, Texas and was laid in October 2007. Drainage lines are laid every 15 feet over the entire field. The playing surface is then covered by 4-5 inches of pea gravel and 10-12 inches of sand mixture as the field is expected to have the capacity to drain 9-10 inches of water per hour. The field's irrigation system allows the entire outfield to be watered from one station, producing 750 gallons per minute or 50,000 gallons per hour, as compared to 18,000 gallons per hour in Arlington Stadium.
For water efficiency, the soil is monitored by a below-ground sensor that detects when water is needed or even which zones of the field are dry.
Field Dimensions : The outfield dimensions are asymmetrical, a feature common to ballparks constructed in the early 20th century. From home plate to the left field foul pole is 332 feet with an increase to 390 feet in the left field power alley. Straightaway center field measures 400 feet, then moves to the deepest point, 407 feet, approaching right center. The Rangers bullpen comes into play in right field as a 381-foot power alley juts out to 377 feet at the right corner of the bullpen. There is again a dramatic decrease in distance in the right field corner as the foul pole sits just 325 feet from home plate.
The outfield fences are eight feet in center and right fields and 14 feet in left. The playing surface is 22 feet below street level.
According to studies done before construction, the prevailing winds are south-southeast. The effect of the wind is greatly reduced by the fact that the ballpark is completely enclosed by a four-story office building in center field. In addition, a giant windscreen, measuring 42 by 430 feet, was installed on the roof of the office building to further minimize the wind.
Close to the Field : The proximity of the fans to the action is among the closest in the major leagues. The first row of seats on the first and third base sides (near side of dugouts) are just 56' 8" from home plate (compared to 64 feet at Arlington Stadium) while the first row of seats on each side (far sides of dugouts) will be just 44 feet from first and third bases, respectively. The distance from the screen behind the plate to home plate is 50 feet, one inch.
Dugouts/Bullpens : Both the first (home) and third (visitors) base dugouts are 68 feet in length. Dugouts at Arlington Stadium were 51 feet on the 1st base side and 52 feet on the 3rd base side. The Rangers bullpen is parallel to the playing field in right center in front of the home run porch. The visitor's bullpen was reconfigured to run parallel to the left center fence in the same orientation as the Rangers bullpen, occupying an area that was previously bleacher seating.
Foul Poles : The yellow foul poles down each line were taken from Arlington Stadium.
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The overall seating capacity of Globe Life Park in Arlington is 48,114 seats on five levels. All of the seats in the ballpark are angled toward home plate as the seating bowl cranks in toward the field down both the left and right field lines to provide better sightlines.
The actual seats are green plastic chairs measuring from 18-22 inches in width. Most of the seats in the ballpark contain cupholders. The Rangers replaced approximatley 10,000 seats in the lower seating bowl prior to the 2013 season. There is a special feature on aisle seats in the park, a Texas Lone Star that is similar to the ones that adorn both the outer facade and concourses.
There are five levels of seating at the ballpark: lower deck, lower suites, Lexus Club Level, upper suites, and upper deck. There is also an upper and lower deck in the home run porch in right field, and bleacher seating in center field.
Lexus Club Level: This premium seating area has wider seats (22"), more leg room, as well as individual wait service for Sections 217-235. The Lexus Club Level, with its white paneling and black and white tiled floors, stretches around the entire length of the seating bowl with access to both the Lower and Upper Suite Levels. Smoking is not permitted on the Lexus Club Level.
Suites: There are 127 suites, 58 on the lower level and 69 on the upper level, with sizes ranging from 10 to 120 people. Each suite bay (containing two suites) is named for one of baseball's Hall of Fame players, including Nolan Ryan. Sepia tone murals of the legends are located outside each suite.
Home Plate Seats: A new premium seating option was added for 2009 with the addition of two rows of Home Plate Seats. A third row of Home Ploate Seats has been added for 2013. A total of 148 seats are located in front of sections 21-30 between the two dugouts. The Home Plate Seats provide the following amenities:
- Proximity to Home Plate: The distance from the home plate screen to the plate is 20 feet, one inch, nearly 8 feet shorter than the previous configuration.
- Wider Seats: The Home Plate Seats are 22 inches in width and have additional leg room from the regular Ballpark seating rows. The seats are cushioned and feature higher backs. There is metal drink rail for the first row and cup holders for the second and third rows of Home Plate Seats.
Commissioners Boxes: In 2009, the Rangers also added 66 seats in 2 rows with the addition of a Third Base Commissioners Box, an extension of Sections 16 and 17 past the third base dugout. Those seats are similar to the First Base Commissioner's Box, which was added as a location in 2000.
Home Run Porch: This two-tiered seating area in right field is very reminiscent of traditional older ballparks with its steel columns and overhead roof. Overhead fans were installed for both the lower and upper home run porch to provide more comfort. The upper home run porch houses the All You Can Eat Seats, where fans can enjoy unlimited grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, and soft drinks, served in the air-conditioned grill behind the Upper Home Run Porch.
Wheelchair Seating: Globe Life Park contains more than 475 spaces for wheelchairs. These spaces are located within each price level. In addition, Companion Seat spaces have been included to allow guests in wheelchairs to sit with friends or family members (in certain locations, this seating may be on folding chairs obtained from a Customer Service Representative or the Guest Relations office). Globe Life Park in Arlington also features access to specially designed restrooms, ticket windows, and concession stands.