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Texas Rangers Opening Day: What fans headed to the game need to know

(AP photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)


ARLINGTON — Opening Day is here, and Dallas-Fort Worth is buzzing as the Rangers begin defense of their World Series crown.

The 6:35 game tonight against the Cubs at Globe Life Field is sold out. ESPN is carrying the game exclusively, so fans who can’t attend can actually watch the game.

There are 40,000-plus headed to the Arlington Entertainment District to watch right-hander Nathan Eovaldi start the 2024 season opener. For those who are coming, here’s what you need to know:

Open, open, open

Globe Life Field parking lots will open at 2 p.m. Ballpark gates will open at 3:30 p.m., which is also when the Rangers start taking batting practice. The Cubs hit at 4:30 p.m., which will get them off the field in time for the pregame ceremonies at 6 p.m.

A word of advice: Get to the ballpark as soon as possible.

Big ceremonies

Two moments fans won’t want to miss are taking place before the game.

The first World Series championship banner will be unveiled. The banner, which is 20 feet tall and 30 feet wide, will be housed next to the video board in right field.

A formal presentation of the Commissioner’s Trophy, which the Rangers received Nov. 1 after winning the World Series, will take place on the field.

The first pitch will be a tribute to Rangers fans, particularly those who waited decades for the Rangers to win it all. Michael Carter of Southlake, who attended his first Rangers game in 1973 and has held season tickets since 1979, will throw out the first pitch. Ivan Rodriguez will catch it, and Gov. Greg Abbott will give Carter the ball.

Also, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R-District 25) will present the U.S. flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 1, the day the Rangers clinched the World Series, to general manager Chris Young.

Sing with me

Texas country singer/songwriter Wade Bowen will perform the Star Spangled Banner before the game, and the Texas Tenors will sing God Bless the U.S.A. during the seventh-inning stretch.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 28, 2024

    Update: “Closed, closed, closed”


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