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Arlington is sprucing up and getting ready for the sports spotlight as the city plays host to the World Series as well as a Cowboys game on Sunday.

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In the past 12 months, Arlington has hosted the World Series, Super Bowl XLV and now the World Series again.
 
The World Series welcome mat is out once again for visitors coming from around the world, including thousands of fans from St. Louis.

Workers are sprucing up the city, hanging Rangers banners on the Interstate 30 bridges to greet visitors in town for the city''s second consecutive World Series.

"It's amazing," Arlington resident Dottie Gates-Holman said. "We are so excited, we can't wait. We can't wait, because they're going to win."

Not only will they be here for games three, four and possibly five of the World Series, but also Sunday's Cowboys-Rams game at Cowboys Stadium.

"It's kind of like St. Louis invading Arlington this weekend," said Jay Burress, of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau. "You're bracing for an influx in the hotel rooms. All the restaurants in the entertainment district are preparing. ... We've got the banners hung, we've got other things around the city that are going to be going up. It's just a great time to welcome everyone here to Arlington."

Nearby hotels are already booked solid.

"We've been sold out Saturday night and Sunday night for a month now just because of the Rams and Cowboys game, so it's going to be tough for some of the fans coming in to find rooms, at least in this area," said Mike Tilley, manager of SpringHill Suites.

Arlington police are gearing up for heavy game-day traffic, especially on Sunday, with fans headed to both Rangers Ballpark and Cowboys Stadium.

"This is probably the fifth or sixth event where we've had overlapping time windows," Arlington Deputy City Manager Trey Yelverton said.

Game 4 of the World Series starts at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, about the same time fans will be leaving the Cowboys-Rams game.

"So we'll put information out about traffic planning to make sure people plan to come early and stay late," Yelverton said. "We'll hopefully be able to get the World Series crowd in before the football event is complete and hopefully have the traffic integrated in that way."

Arlington Game Schedule:

World Series Game 3: First pitch 7:05 p.m.
World Series Game 4: First pitch 7:05 p.m.
World Series Game 5 (if needed): First pitch 7:05 p.m.

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