Hot Days Cool Comfort
By Meda Kessler
Photo by Ron Jenkins
If you’re a Texas Rangers fan, it’s been another disappointing season.
Even the new Arlington ballpark, Globe Life Field, has come under criticism by some. But come August and September when league leaders such as the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox are in town, isn’t it nice to know you can go to a noon game and not broil thanks to that retractable roof?
We know some baseball purists who begrudgingly admit that they enjoy the shaded and air-conditioned comfort of a closed-roof stadium. According to Rangers stats about the ballpark, the average temperature with the roof closed is 72 degrees. On a 100-degree day, field temperatures in an open stadium could hover near 120, so the roof makes a huge difference for players and patrons, especially those with front-row seats. HKS Architects, which built Globe Life Field, was charged with designing a roof that brought the outdoors in while using a lightweight material. Even with the field covered, things stay light and bright inside. And because it only takes about 12 minutes to close up, no pesky summer storms should delay the game.