The Texas Rangers owners have moved on from bizarro renderings of their new stadium opening in 2020 to a full working model, albeit one entirely in off-white. Watch the retractable roof retract, and then unretract!
It’s kind of hard to tell what the actual inside of the park — you know, the part where actual humans will go to watch actual baseball — will look like from this video, but there are a couple of clues from screengrabs of this and other angles that have been shared:
Yes, that is apparently a 5th (or 6th?) deck behind home plate and running down the third-base line. It’s impossible to tell exactly how bad the views will be from there or how they’ll compare with the Rangers’ existing stadium’s already pretty bad top-deck views, but I’m going to guess “even more pretty bad.”
Those mystery seats suspended in midair out in left field appear to be connected to some sort of concourse behind the pillars that hold up the roof tracks, so fans will actually be able to reach their seats without a ladder. Whether it’ll be worth the climb is another story, because those seats will be way high up and also 400 feet from home plate, which is no way to watch baseball.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the Rangers passed up a chance to stack the lower decks more on top of each other, which would have massively improved views for those in the upper decks (and also made for a more compact and cheaper stadium) at the expense of casting the backs of the lower decks into shadow, which apparently remains verboten in modern stadium design, even in a modern stadium where the whole point of the place is to add a roof that casts everyone into shadow, because the Texas sun is unbearable.
Of course, none of this will matter if you’re fortunate enough not to sit in the cheap seats. But given that the capacity of Globe Life Field is expected to be 40,000 vs. the old Globe Life Park’s 49,000, fewer people are going to be able to fit into the non-cheap seats, meaning some fans used to being in the same zip code as the game are likely going to end up being unpleasantly surprised. But hey, I guess you can enjoy air-conditioning from wherever your seats are, and isn’t that what going to see baseball is all about?