For the fourth straight season, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club is making big changes at the Ballpark.
This year, among the changes coming to the park, the team announced a three-year deal with whisky-maker Jack Daniels that includes naming rights to what will now formerly be known as the Diamond Club.
The Jack Daniel's Club is being completely renovated in the offseason and will be available to all season ticket holders before and during all home games. The space is just over 14,000-square-feet and will feature a new bar, entry way and casual dining seating cluster where people can gather and eat after passing through the buffet line.
"The railing along the top of the main room will be modified to create a plate rail for dining or casual seating. The tiered dining areas will also receive new furniture to include spaces for dining and seating. The entire area will receive new carpet and paint," the team said in a news release Thursday.
The Rangers didn't stop there. They are also replacing more than 1,098 seats in 69 Upper Level suites with padded seats. The seats are the same type of seat installed in the Lower Suite level before the 2013 season.
On the outside of the Ballpark, the original neon lighting underneath the Bas Reliefs on the facade of the park is being replaced with white LED lights.
"The bas reliefs were created by sculptor Michael Curtis of Washington, D.C. for the opening of the new park in 1994 and illustrate the rich history of Texas, including the arrival of professional baseball, oil, and ranching. Curtis created ten different bas relief subjects out of clay that measure four by 19 feet each. Located in the granite work near the park’s smaller arches, each relief was reproduced nine times to fully wrap around the building. The new lighting will significantly enhance one of the signature features of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington during the park’s 20th anniversary season," the team said.
Something most fans won't see but some will still appreciate, the team is also upgrading the suite kitchen. The kitchen, which supplies food and beverages to the press box and 126 luxury suites, will be completely overhauled. This will be the first upgrade to this 3.600-square-foot space since the park opened in 1994.
Over the last four years, the Texas Rangers said they have spent roughly $40 million on upgrades to the 20-year-old park.