ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced on Saturday that any fan holding tickets to the Friday, July 9 game against the Orioles will be offered tickets to a future game. A fireworks show was scheduled for after the game, but after first pitch was delayed nearly 2 1/2 hours due to rain and the game itself went into extra innings, the Ballpark at Arlington was legally not allowed to shoot fireworks at the conclusion. The city does not allow fireworks to shoot after 1 a.m. CT, which the game ended well after.
"We did not receive word until after 1:00 a.m. this morning from the City of Arlington Fire Marshall that due to the late hour and weather conditions [low ceiling of clouds due to all the earlier rain], we could not have a fireworks show," said Rangers executive vice president of ballpark operations Rob Matwick. "We are working with the City of Arlington to define the parameters related to length of game and weather for our future fireworks shows to best serve the interest of our fans and neighborhood residents." That's when the Rangers decided to offer tickets to an upcoming game for any fan still in possession of Friday's tickets. The club is also planning a fireworks show after Saturday's game against the Orioles, after newly-acquired pitcher Cliff Lee makes his debut for the Rangers. Fans holding tickets for the July 9 game can exchange them for regularly priced tickets in seating locations up to Corner Box for select dates during the remainder of the 2010 season, subject to availability. Excluded dates include all Saturday games as well as games against the Yankees (Aug. 10-11; Sept. 10-12) and Red Sox (Aug. 13-15). The ticket exchanges must be made either in person at the Ballpark in Arlington ticket office or through the mail by sending their tickets to: Texas Rangers Ticket Office, P.O. Box 90111, Arlington, Texas 76004-3111. The Rangers have asked that all fans allow approximately 7-10 days for exchanges by mail. The exchanges at the Ballpark in Arlington Ticket Office may be made beginning Sunday.