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Arlington Vs. St. Louis: Cities Have Plenty in Common



    Rangers pitchers aren't the only ones throwing strikes in Arlington.

    The Bowling Hall of Fame moved to Arlington the beginning of last year after 25 years across from Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

    Now the Hall of Fame is just down the street from the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

    "St. Louis is a great bowling city, but the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is a great bowling city, and Texas is a great bowling state," said Stu Upson, the executive director of the U.S. Bowling Congress. "Is it a coincidence that as soon as we moved here, the Rangers started winning ALCS and being in the World Series? I don't know."

    Both cities are close to the same size, have NFL teams and stadiums and now have ballparks with league champions.

    But with 365,438 residents, according to the 2010 Census, Arlington has 46,000 more people than St. Louis' 319,294.

    "It's a friendly rivalry," said Jay Burress, of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. "St. Louis has long been known as a great baseball town. We've long been known as a great football area. Now it's a chance to show we're a great baseball town, too."

    The similarities don't end there.

    Each city also has Six Flags amusement parks, and the park president in Arlington used to work in St. Louis before he came back home.

    "When I was in St. Louis, I went to a lot of Cardinal games, and I really enjoyed them and followed them closely, but I never quit listening to the Rangers," said Steve Martindale, park president. "I'm really thrilled that St. Louis is in the World Series, because it's two of my favorite teams. But you know I'm a hundred percent behind the Rangers."