Arlington set for Rangers postseason play




Posted on October 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 11:50 PM

ARLINGTON — For the third October in a row, the air over Arlington has a playoff baseball feel.

As of Tuesday evening, the Texas Rangers needed one more win during their season-ending series in Oakland to guarantee a playoff series back home.

"It means an experience fans can have, it means more people experiencing our city, it means people spending money, it means an economic impact," said Decima Cooper of Experience Arlington, the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She estimated that the economic impact of a regular season Rangers game is about $1 million. Cooper said it's difficult to estimate how much of an impact playoff games have, but she believes it's well over a million dollars each.

"And let me tell you... it does not get old!" she added.

The Rangers set a regular season attendance record, with 3.4 million fans and 38 sellouts. The average game attendance was 42,720.

Arlington police said two straight World Series runs have taught them how to deal with playoff crowds.

"Arlington officers are used to big crowds," said department spokeswoman Tiara Richard. "The officers out there are huge Rangers fans to begin with, so they enjoy this, too."