Rangers Say Globe Life Field Still On Schedule For March Opening
The MLB Rangers continue to insist that Globe Life Field will be "substantially completed March 1 and ready to roll" for the opening Chris Stapleton concert on March 14 "even though it appears more than 9% remains to be done," according to Jeff Wilson of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM. Despite the assurance, there likely will be some "loose ends here and there that pop up for a couple months." Rangers Exec VP/Business Operations Rob Matwick: "Until you walk through the front door on Opening Day you always are concerned. But we've got a great team." Wilson notes the majority of the work is "focused on the retractable roof and the playing surface, which should be in place by the end of the month." Matwick said that nearly half of the ETFE panels on the roof "have been installed." Those are the clear panels that will "allow natural light into the ballpark when the roof is closed." Meanwhile, Wilson notes crews are "working to complete the decking on the north and south ends," and are "finishing the sealing that will keep water and wind out." Concrete is "being poured on the playing surface, and the shape of the infield is visible." The rest of the remaining work "includes the installation of seats and furniture for suites, the wireless networks, final electric work and landscaping." In addition to the Stapleton concert, Globe Life is slated to host a Rangers Spring Training game against the Cardinals on March 23 in advance of the first regular-season MLB game on March 31 against the Angels (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/24).