Opening Day isn’t just about baseball. Each spring, the scene centers around celebrating a sense of community by consuming refreshing beverages and delicious food with a group of like-minded fans—whether die hard or fair weather. On Thursday, March 29, the Texas Rangers open their 2018 season with a contest against 2017 World Series champs, the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Whether you’re road tripping from Houston or a Rangers fan all the way, be sure to get their early in time for tailgating. For those who are making a full day of it, cash parking lots around the stadium open five hours prior to first pitch, at 2:35 p.m.
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GLOBE LIFE PARK ATMOSPHERE
Spanning across 270 acres, Globe Life Park welcomes visitors from all over with more than 48,000 seats. Inside the stadium, there is plenty to check out in terms of food and drink, like these mouth-watering food items which will become instant fan favorites.
For a Texas twist on a bologna sandwich, try the Triple B: bacon, brisket and bologna topped with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce on a soft roll. For $18, it’s sure to fill you up and satisfy any appetite. Or for those craving something sweet and salty, the Rold Gold Waffle Cone, classic waffle cone batter mixed with Rold Gold pretzel bites paired with Blue Bell ice cream, could be an instant home run. During the seventh-inning stretch, recharge with a Cuvee Nitro Cold Brew coffee at the Ballpark Vegan Stand at section 16.
There are those who will trek to Arlington for the game, and these baseball die-hards will probably want to check out batting practice. The Rangers normally take BP three hours before first pitch with the visiting team taking their swings once the Rangers have finished.
FOOD + FUN NEAR THE STADIUM
Of course, some would rather eat before they get to the ballpark, and these folks won’t be disappointed by the wealth of options near Globe Life Park. Local favorites like Mariano’s Hacienda, considered the birthplace of the frozen margarita, and Prince Lebanese Grill, which was featured on the Food Network, are both short drives from the stadium.
If you’re craving some barbecue, visit Eddie Deen’s Crossroad Smokehouse, which is across from AT&T Stadium. Many locals regard Mr. B’s Burger Pub as the best in town while Gino’s East, just north of the stadium off Interstate 30, brings Chicago-style pizza to Arlington.
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