With another October looming, the offseason is the last thing on the minds of Texas Rangers players. But the people who handle the team’s finances are already looking forward to another busy offseason.
More Ballpark renovation plans are on the way. The team expects to spend about $10 million, most of that on work around home plate.
The project, will include moving the wall behind home plate forward to allow for an additional row of seats. The renovations will also feature “upgraded and expanded” concessions near the home plate gate.
This is part of the Rangers’ master plan upgrade: Each year, they’ve targeted a particular area for work (remember, the Ballpark opened in 1994). The upgrading of Rangers Ballpark — along with going to the World Series — has been a sign of the Nolan Ryan era.
Last year, most of the $12 million in renovations went into creating the new Kids Zone, Captain Morgan Club, Batter’s Eye Club and the new center field concession stands.
For the start of the 2011 season, the Rangers spent about $17 million on improvements that included a new video board, sound system and TV monitors around the stadium.
With fans’ high expectations now of the team, they are also looking for better quality from their Ballpark experience as well. Since the new owners took over in August of 2010 they are seeing to that every offseason.