ARLINGTON, Texas – A day after Mayor Jeff Williams and the Texas Rangers told WFAA they would not bulldoze Globe Life Park if voters approve a new roofed stadium, opponents dismissed it as only a political ploy to win votes in November.
“It’s just a political promise. We all tell our kids – every adult should understand you shouldn’t believe what candidates and campaigns say when they’re losing in the last few days of an election. This is a campaign ploy,” said Warren Norred, Save Our Stadium.
His group opposes Arlington’s plan to shift a half-cent sales tax that was paying for the Dallas Cowboys stadium over to help build a new ballpark for the Rangers.
Save Our Stadium says Globe Life Park, built in 1994, remains in very good condition.
But the Rangers said they want a new stadium with a roof for a more comfortable experience during the hot summers.
It’s a desperate political move just six weeks away from the election, said Andy Prior, Save Our Stadium.
Mayor Williams and the Rangers first revealed their plans of repurposing Globe Life Park into restaurants, retail and a public park on Channel 8’s Inside Texas Politics Sunday morning.
Norred said the team’s Master Agreement with the city specifies that the Rangers have final say on whether Globe Life Park is demolished.
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