The Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team has agreed a deal for Choctaw Casinos & Resorts to take on naming rights to Globe Life Park, its former home stadium.
The Rangers moved from Globe Life Park to the new Globe Life Field last year. The team’s new stadium had been due to open in March 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic led to the MLB season being delayed.
Globe Life Park has been transformed from a baseball venue into a multi-purpose facility and now hosts the Dallas Renegades XFL American football franchise and North Texas Soccer Club, which competes in the USL League One division. Major League Rugby team the Dallas Jackals will also play at the stadium from next year.
Globe Life Park will now be known as Choctaw Stadium through a multi-year agreement. The deal marks an expansion of a partnership between the Rangers and Choctaw which started in 2010.
Choctaw serves as the official and exclusive casino and resort of the Rangers and benefits from significant branding at Globe Life Field. Its naming-rights deal for Globe Life Park will eliminate any confusion between the names of the Rangers’ current stadium and the team’s former home.
Ray Davis, chairman and managing partner of the Rangers, said: “The Rangers are thrilled to extend our great partnership with Choctaw for many years to come. Today’s naming rights announcement for Globe Life Park further extends Choctaw’s presence in the Arlington Entertainment District, which also includes Globe Life Field and Texas Live.”
“Choctaw Stadium will be the home of numerous events in the days and months to come, including college and high school football, pro soccer, and Major League Rugby.”
Choctaw is owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest Indian Nation in the US with close to 200,000 tribal members and 10,000 employees.
Gary Batton, chief of the Choctaw Nation, added: “Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is excited to expand our relationship with the Texas Rangers and be part of a stadium that has brought so much joy over the years to so many in North Texas.
“We are proud to have our name on a field that continues to play an important role in the lives of North Texans and we look forward to sharing in the competition and enjoyment the stadium brings to the community.”
Globe Life acquired naming rights to the Rangers’ former home in 2014.