Rangers' Globe Life Field Construction Site Taking Shape
The Globe Life Field construction site is "starting to resemble the outline of a baseball field," and despite a rainy February, the Rangers' new ballpark is still "on track to open in time" for the '20 season, according to Bill Hanna of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM. Seventy feet below the surface, a red crane is "parked near [where] home plate will stand in the southwest corner of the ballpark." About 250 construction workers are currently "drilling piers and pouring concrete columns that will eventually support" the ballpark. As the upcoming MLB season progresses, Rangers fans will be "able to see" a new ballpark "rise out of the ground." Manhattan Construction Company Operations Manager Jim Cuddihee said that by the end of the year, they will "start working on the 'fixed trusses' that will support the roof." Rangers Exec VP/Business Operations Rob Matwick said that the team "isn't ready to show fans a final design just yet." Matwick: "I'm not sure I have a definitive timetable on when the next release of images will be." Hanna notes Texas Live!, the $250M entertainment and dining venue, is also "starting to take shape." Cuddihee said that it "won't be ready for the start of the new baseball season but the entertainment portion should open in August" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/8). In Dallas, Loyd Brumfield notes the excavation work that started in late summer at Globe Life Field "should wrap up in the next two to four weeks or so." The number of construction workers at the site will "expand to around 1,400 to 1,500 at the height of construction." Structured steel should "start to pop up in a year, with the roof scheduled to make an appearance sometime" around October '19 (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/8).