"The projects this winter aren't as ambitious as we've had the past three years, but they are still significant improvements," Rangers vice president of ballpark operations Rob Matwick. "We're excited about the opportunity. It goes without saying, Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, our ownership, have made the commitment to allow us to look for ways to improve the ballpark experience for our fans. This is another step in that process."
The club will be open to all season-ticket holders before and during home games and will feature a bar and full buffet. In addition, the Rangers are replacing over 1,000 seats in the Upper Level Suites, overhauling the suite kitchen behind the press box and installing LED lighting on the relief panels on the exterior of the Ballpark.
The original neon lighting under the Bas-reliefs on the exterior of Rangers Ballpark will be replaced with white LED lighting. Much of the neon lighting hasn't worked over the past few years due to exposure to weather. The Bas-reliefs were created by sculptor Michael Curtis of Washington, D.C., for the opening of the new park in 1994 and illustrate the rich history of Texas, including the arrival of professional baseball, oil and ranching.
Curtis created 10 different subjects out of clay that measure four by 19 feet each. Located in the granite work near the park's smaller arches, each relief was reproduced nine times to fully wrap around the building. The new lighting will significantly enhance one of the signature features of Ballpark during its 20th anniversary season.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.