ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers and construction officials unveiled additional renderings of the team’s new ballpark as part of a series of announcements Thursday in advance of the grand reveal of Globe Life Field on Opening Day 2020.
Architect Bryan Trubey, an executive vice president of HKS and the principal designer of Globe Life Field, also presented a discussion of the materials being used in the construction of both exterior and interior elements.
The retractable roof stadium will have a distinct Texas feel in its reflection of historical architectural landmarks of the state, particularly the missions of San Antonio.
“We saw a lot of things that we loved from the historical regional architecture,” Trubey said. “We also knew we wanted to do a modern building. There’s a real history of regional architecture being done that is modern here in Texas. It’s also very beautiful. We want to combine all those things.”
The Texas feel will also extend to the production of the materials.
The steel, curtain-wall system, masonry veneer, precast walls and limestone are all being produced in Texas. In addition to those, the granite will be coming from Minnesota, metal panels from Arkansas, insulated translucent panels from Illinois and the three-layer ETFE (a polymer material) from a company in Germany.
It is “Globe” Life Field, after all.
Another Texas company will figure prominently. Acme Brick, headquartered in nearby Fort Worth, and team officials announced a continuing partnership Thursday, naming Acme the official brick of the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field.
Acme was the brick provider during the construction of Globe Life Park in 1994, providing about 1 million bricks, uniquely produced for the Rangers. That brick was called “Ranger Red.”
The brick for the new Globe Life Field has been tweaked just a bit. It will be called “Champion Red.” More than 1 million Champion Red bricks will make up the exterior.
“We’ve been partners with the Rangers almost ever since they came to Texas,” said Dennis Knautz, president and CEO of Acme Brick. “We’ve been season-ticket holders since, I think, 1973. This is another great brick ballpark.”
The Rangers and Manhattan Construction also took a moment Thursday to acknowledge Women in Construction Week.
Women make up a portion of the more than 1,200 crafts-people building the stadium.
“Many women today are serving in all roles in construction, whether it’s craft labor, pre-construction, safety, construction management -- women are serving in many capacities,” said John Reyhan, president of Manhattan.
On the construction site are, or have been, 70 women -- erecting steel, drywall framing, painting, construction management, electrical and brick installation.
“All part of what women are doing to help erect this stadium,” Reyhan said.
That's merely another element in the construction process that shows we’re no longer in 1972, the year the Rangers moved from Washington, D.C.
The team and city of Arlington officials broke ground on the 1.7 million square foot stadium on Sept. 28, 2017. The site and future ballpark is located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park. Seating capacity will be about 40,000 for Globe Life Field and will be ready for use in March 2020.