by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 11, 2016

Arlington, Texas, voters on Nov. 8 approved the proposition for the $1 billion Rangers Ballpark Project. According to city officials, the measure passed by 60 percent to 40 percent. The new stadium would replace Globe Life Park, which opened in 1994 as the Ballpark in Arlington. 

The approved measure extends a half-cent sales tax, a 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and a 5 percent car-rental tax to help finance the project. The vote also allows the Rangers to levy a 10 percent admission tax and a $3 parking tax.

Yesterday, the Texas Rangers launched a new website to gather public feedback for the new ballpark. At RangersNewBallpark.com, fans are encouraged to tell the team what they would like to see at the new facility, which is expected to open in time for the start of the 2020 season.

"This is an exciting time for the Rangers as we begin to design and program what we believe will be the best ballpark in the major leagues," Rob Matwick, the Rangers' executive vice president of Business Operations, said in a statement. "Our great fans are a big part of this process, and we are looking forward to gathering their feedback."

The new ballpark will have a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Construction is expected to begin next summer.