The Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex has four professional baseball teams, including one Major League team, the Texas Rangers. Many evenings between March and October, one of these teams will be playing. Take the kids, take a date, or tune in for live play-by-plays. For information on tickets and hours of play, consult the teams' websites, which are provided for you.
The Texas Rangers are the Metroplex's Major League team. They play at the 49,00-seat Globe Life Park in Arlington, situated between Dallas and Fort Worth. Memorable concession foods, from two-foot-long tamales and outrageous hot dogs to vegan black bean burgers, Texas snowballs (brisket balls deep-fried in funnel cake batter and covered in powdered sugar) and gluten-free beer are sold at the ballpark.
If you can't make it to the game, listen to it on KRLD 1080 (AM) in English and KFLC 1270 (AM) in Spanish.
Globe Life Park was completed in 1994 and has operated continuously since then under various names. In 2016, voters approved a new air-conditioned Major League stadium with a retractable roof, which is intended to address design faults of the current stadium. It will be built adjacent to the current park and is scheduled to open for the 2020 season.
Globe Life Park: 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011; phone: (817) 273-5222
The Frisco Roughriders, the Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball club, plays in the South Division of the Texas League. This means the Rangers look to the Roughriders to groom players who don't yet have a place on the Rangers' roster. They play home games in Frisco, Texas, at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, a village-like facility with a 10,316-seat capacity that won the 2003 Texas Construction award for best architectural design; it was subsequently named best new ballpark in the country by BaseballParks.com.
Roughriders games are broadcast on KKGM 1630 (AM), or you can listen online on their website.
Dr Pepper Ballpark: 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034
Contact: Info@RidersBaseball.com; (972) 334-1900 or (972) 731-9200 (tickets).
Founded in 2008, the Texas AirHogs is part of the American Association of Independent Professional baseball (not affiliated with Major League Baseball). The team, which merged with the Amarillo Thunderheads for the 2016 season, plays at AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, just north of Arlington. The stadium features a sports-themed restaurant, a cigar bar, and a kids' zone.
The team name, slang for US military pilots, is a reference to Grand Prairie's resident civil aviation industry (Lockheed Martin and Vought Corporation).
At the end of the 2011 season, the AirHogs won their first American Association championship.
AirHogs Stadium: 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 972-521-6730
The Tarrant County Blue Thunder baseball team began to play in 2007 with the newly formed Continental Baseball League, which ended at the close of the 2010 season. Now independent, the Cats currently play at Cross Timbers Ballpark in North Richmond Hills, just north of Fort Worth.
The Blue Thunder began life with a bang, posting the best record during the league's regular season in their 2007 inaugural campaign, before winning a three-team double-elimination championship series.
Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and have a picnic with the family while you root for this ambitious young team.
Cross Timbers Ballpark: 7451 Starnes Rd, Richmond Hills
Contact: (214) 234-0018 or (847) 922-6686