Once again, The Ballpark in Arlington is no more. Today, the Texas Rangers announced that McKinney based insurance company bought the naming rights to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The ballpark was built in 1994 to replace the dilapidated Arlington Stadium that was 30 years old. Since then, it has only spent three years under a different name, in 2004, it was Ameriquest Field until they went under in 2007. We all remember that horrible bell in center field, lets hope they don't throw a giant globe out there now.
I am torn on the subject. While I absolutely despise advertising and name rights, you can't argue the money. We have been lucky growing up in this market to have franchises that didn't rely on company logos plastered all over it, except the AAC, and until recently ATT stadium...well I retract my statement, all our stadiums now have company logos plastered all over them. But this wasn't always so! First we had Texas Stadium until its implosion in 2010, then Jerryworld was built and took the name Cowboys Stadium. BUT Jerry put a big AT&T stamp all over it in 2013. Who wouldn't do that deal when they are willing to pay around $17-$19 million a year. Not to mention the city of Arlington gets a 5% cut from the naming rights.
The Rangers need the money. There is no salary cap in baseball, you have more money, you get better players...simple. This deal may allow them to stretch the budget just a little more and help the team out. For the next Ten years, expect to have Globe Life Park in Arlington on your ticket stubs.