Here, you’ll find professional baseball at all levels: the highest, Major League Baseball (Texas Rangers), Double-A (Frisco RoughRiders, the Rangers’ Texas League affiliate) and unaffiliated ball (Texas AirHogs, who play in Grand Prairie). All three ballparks are uniquely great in their own way. But don’t take our word for it, check each one out for yourself.
Just across the parking lot from horse racing mecca Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, this 5,445-seat facility has been home to the AirHogs since May 2008. The two attractions pair well for a fun-filled family weekend in Grand Prairie.
AirHogs Stadium (which cost $20 million to build and was formerly named QuikTrip Park) is a nice, cozy minor league ballpark with a natural grass field and great sight lines, so saying there’s not a bad seat in the house isn’t a stretch. Since its opening, AirHogs Stadium has also hosted various baseball tournaments, including the NCAA Division II Championships earlier this year and various concerts. Fun fact: The Texas Air Hogs are managed by Billy Martin Jr., son of the former famous big-league manager who skippered the Rangers in the 1970s.
Home to the RoughRiders, the Rangers’ closest minor-league affiliate, this venue still ranks among the finest in Minor League Baseball since they opened in 2003. Last summer, Frisco added the Lazy River, a man-made river beyond the right-field fence which fans can innertube through or wade in. It was an immediate hit.
Dr Pepper Ballpark also offers seating for 10,316 and plenty of grass seating in the outfield. Bullpens for both teams are built into the stands, giving fans an intimate look at pitchers from both teams. Of course, no visit to a Frisco RoughRiders game is complete without a stop to meet the team’s mascot, Brooks, the affable Golden Retriever. A lazy river, dogs and baseball, what a combination.
The oldest and biggest venue of the group, Globe Life Park has been the home of the Texas Rangers since 1994. However, this outstanding venue’s days are numbered as a new retractable-roof venue is scheduled to open nearby in 2020, so check it out while you can. Globe Life Park spans over 270 acres and sports 48,000-plus seats. This timeless facility which belies its age, has a great blend of vintage and modern architecture, and remains a great spot to catch a ballgame, even in the Texas heat.
Whether it’s seeing some of the best baseball players in the world roam the diamond or experiencing Globe Life Park’s other selling points, like the two jumbotron scoreboards and Texas-sized fireworks, any night spent on Ballpark Way is quality time indeed.