Voters approve new Rangers stadium

Residents in Arlington showed their support to keep the Texas Rangers in Arlington through the year 2054, as they voted to approve the new billion-dollar stadium, which will include a retractable roof. 

The planned stadium would be built in what is currently a team parking lot south of Randol Mill Road.

Supporters and opponents of the stadium alike have been vocal in the months since plans were announced. The stadium is billed by the City of Arlington as a “50-50” proposition that would shift a half-cent sales tax already in place to pay for AT&T Stadium -- a process that is ahead of schedule.

A WFAA investigation found the actual cost could be closer to $1.675 billion.

A poll conducted by WFAA and the Star-Telegram last month showed voters in a dead heat, with 42 percent in support of the new ballpark and 42 against it. Sixteen percent were undecided.

However, even early poll numbers showed More than 54,000 votes in favor of the retractable-roof stadium and just under 36,000 against it.

The Rangers’ lease at Globe Life Park goes through 2024, but officials have suggested the team could be playing in the new stadium by 2021.

Arlington and Rangers officials said they won’t bulldoze Globe Life Park. Instead, it will be repurposed as retail, dining and office space.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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