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Air-conditioned baseball was inevitable for Rangers
20
May
2016
Posted By: GIL LEBRETON

Air-conditioned baseball was inevitable for Rangers

Truth be told, we are A/C Nation.

We would rather shiver at the mall than sweat in the garden.

We air-condition our homes. We air-condition our cars. We air-condition our churches. (Takethat, hell).

And a few seasons from now, it appears, we’ll be air-conditioning our baseball.

At a joint news conference Friday, the Texas Rangers and the city of Arlington are expected to announce plans for a new $900 million, retractable roof, air-conditioned-when-necessary baseball stadium.


It was around 1990, when The Ballpark in Arlington was just a gleam in Tom Schieffer’s eye, that the Rangers president decided that outdoor baseball was the way to go. Retractable roofs were still a novelty, found only in Toronto.