ARLINGTON -- The home plate from Globe Life Park isn’t the only thing making the trek across the street when the Texas Rangers move to Globe Life Field for the 2020 season.
Delaware North, which has handled the hospitality for the club since Globe Life Park opened in 1994, will move with the Rangers to the new park as the Rangers and Delaware North extended their partnership with a long-term contract.
The deal includes food and beverages and retail services.
Having a concessionaire the club knows it can count on at its new ballpark is a huge boost to the Rangers.
“We’ve been very impressed with their creativity, with their vision for the future in food and the beverage business,” said Rob Matwick, the club’s executive vice president for business operations. “We like to say that baseball is an eating game. The food is a big part of the experience. One of the beauties of baseball is that there’s a time to be social between pitches, between batters, between innings. People get up in those natural pauses in the game. You want something to be interesting around every corner.”
And while there are no set menus yet and construction is still ongoing at Globe Life Field, the plan to have something interesting around every corner is already in place.
The new upper deck will include a Throwing Smoke barbecue restaurant as the club wants to accommodate fans all over the park with solid food options. The barbecue at that restaurant will be smoked on site as Delaware North is building three smokers at Globe Life Field.
There will also be a brick-oven pizza restaurant High Cheese as well as areas around Globe Life Field where fans can buy pizza by the slice. Also new will be The Frozen One, an ice cream store. And if that’s not enough for your sweet tooth, the new park will also include a pastry shop.
Barrel Up is a concession stop that specializes in adult beverages while Abner Doubledogs will of course feature hot dogs.
The partnership between the Rangers and Delaware North has been huge as the two have been known for oversized food like the two-foot long Boomstick and huge dill pickle hot dog.
Delaware North general manager Casey Rapp won’t reveal everything that’s in store at the new park, but he’s excited about the prospects.
“We’re still going to come up with wacky food items, but we’re also going to have ballpark favorites,” Rapp said. “You’re going to see certain areas with upgraded food a lot more. With a roof, some new equipment and a new kitchen we’re going to be able to do more stuff that we weren’t able to do at Globe Life Park. There’s going to be a ton of different concession stands.”
Rangers fans will also have a chance to get in the action. They can send an original recipe to [email protected] and have a chance to have the recipe be part of the food lineup at Globe Life Field. The winner will also get two tickets to the 2020 home opener. For more information, go to txbaseball.com.