HKS to design $1B retractable-roof stadium for Texas Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The HKS architecture firm will design a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.

Team officials on Thursday announced the selection of Dallas-based HKS, which also was the architect for Globe Life Park. The current venue opened in 1994.

“For us, the new Texas Rangers Ballpark development is very special. It carries its own rich identity based on a combination of tradition, heritage, character and ambition that will ultimately represent itself as the premier destination in North Texas,” said HKS’ Bryan Trubey, executive vice president and principal designer on the project in a news release. “We are delighted to be part of this exciting new development that will impact not only the Texas Rangers and their fans, but the city of Arlington and the entire region for many years to come.”

The new ballpark will be funded as a public-private partnership between the city of Arlington and the Rangers. While designs and costs have not been finalized, a new ballpark and related infrastructure is estimated at $1 billion.

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Arlington voters in November approved extension of a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 5 percent car-rental tax for the new Rangers stadium. That revenue previously went to defray Arlington’s $155 million debt on its share of the cost of AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

The design for the new ballpark is underway. The new ballpark will be built on wha tis now a team parking lot south of Randol Mill Road and include a retractable roof for climate control. According to a news release f rom the team, the new venue will be “designed with a street side that is different than anything in baseball.”

The stadium should be completed in time for the 2020 MLB season.

HKS has designed several sports facilities around the country including AT&T Stadium in Arlington, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.