Timeline set for construction of new Texas Rangers ballpark

Construction work on a new retractable-roof ballpark for the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team could begin by autumn next year.

Earlier this month, voters in the city of Arlington gave their backing to a new $1bn (£802.8m/€943m) ballpark for the Rangers and the first steps of the development process are beginning to be taken.

According to the NBC-5 network, Rangers officials met with Arlington City Council members during a meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

The timeline released by officials, and reported by NBC-5, proposes that the Rangers select the architectural firm and begin discussions with structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultants by the end of the year.

Conceptual and schematic design would then begin next spring, with early construction drawings to be released in the autumn to coincide with the start of building work. The guaranteed maximum price will be set in spring 2018.

The provisional timeframe for construction has been set at 31 months, with the hope that the stadium will be ready in time for the 2020 MLB season.

The stadium will be built next to Globe Life Park, the Rangers’ current home.