Arlington council gives initial OK for ballpark vote

An artist’s conception of the design for a new Texas Rangers ballpark that would include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans. (City of Arlington)
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ARLINGTON -- Arlington is one step closer to getting a new $1 billion air-conditioned stadium for the Texas Rangers.

The Arlington City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of putting the stadium on the ballot in November. The vote was conducted during a "first reading" of the proposal.

The plan has the Rangers moving into a new stadium by 2021 and extending the club's commitment to the city through 2054.

Half of the stadium would be paid for by the city. The Rangers would pay for the other half.

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The Star-Telegram reports that about 20 people showed up to the meeting opposing the stadium. They questioned why the city needs to replace Globe Life Park, which is only 22 years old. They also said they don't agree with a study that suggests Arlington's economy will gain nearly $88 million a year.

“You’re going to outspend us, but we’re going outwork you,” said Faith Bussey, president of Citizens for Better Arlington. “So you do your thing, and all seven of us will do our thing, and we’ll see who wins out.”

One more vote is scheduled for the council on Aug. 9. If approved, the stadium plan will be added to the Nov. 8 ballot where voters will decide.

The Star-Telegram contributed to this report.