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Officials Break Ground on Rangers' Globe Life Field

New Rangers ballpark, named Globe Life Field, is set to open in 2020

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    Officials with the city of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Major League Baseball broke ground on the team's new $1.1 billion stadium Thursday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Published Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017)

    Officials with the Texas Rangers and city of Arlington broke ground Thursday on the team's new $1.1 billion stadium, Globe Life Field.

    Rangers Hall of Famers Kenny Rogers and Ivan Rodriguez — who pitched and caught the first regular-season pitch at the current stadium April 11, 1994 — performed a "ceremonial first pitch" at Thursday's event.

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    Officials with the city of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Major League Baseball broke ground on the team's new $1.1 billion stadium Thursday, Sept. 27, 2017. To close the program, Rangers Hall of Famers Kenny Rogers and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez tossed out the ceremonial first pitch -- they tossed out the first game pitch at the Ballpark in Arlington in 1994.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017)

    The groundbreaking took place at the site of the new stadium's home plate, which was formerly the back of Parking Lot B.

    Rangers executives call the designs of the new retractable roof stadium "truly amazing."

    "It opens a world of possibilities to us," Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rob Matwick said. "We want it to be the best Major League Baseball facility that there is."

    The stadium is slated to open before the start of the 2020 season.

    The City of Arlington will cover $500 million of the total cost. Voters there overwhelmingly approved extending a package of tax increases that had been used to pay for the construction of AT&T Stadium.

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    The city's deal with the team keeps the Rangers in Arlington through 2054; their current 30-year lease on Globe Life Park was set to expire in 2024.

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