The Texas Rangers are being mocked on social media after the unveiling of a new $1.7 billion stadium didn’t exactly go the way they planned.
The Major League Baseball club posted a ‘hype’ video for Globe Life Field on social media on Tuesday ahead of the start of the new condensed 60-game season.
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After splashing $1.7 billion on a new ballpark you’d want to hope fans are pumped about how it looks.
Unfortunately for the Rangers that wasn’t exactly the case.
Twitter had an absolute field day as memes popped up left, right and centre mocking the look of the stadium from the outside.
The reality didn’t exactly live up to the artists’ impressions.
Scores of fans and journalists pointed out that it looks more like a factory or giant BBQ than a ballpark.
“It looks like a roasting pan. One of those disposable aluminium pans you buy for a Thanksgiving turkey. Except it’s flipped upside down,” Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports in America wrote.
CBS Sports said: “The inside look is more impressive than the bland outside, but that isn’t saying much.”
While Barstool Sports said it looks “like a silo out in the middle of Iowa.”
Everyone seems to love the Texas Rangers’ new stadium. pic.twitter.com/uaA9LrbtpT— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) June 24, 2020
say what you want about the design, but if there's ever a nuclear disaster on the field, they'll be able to contain it immediately pic.twitter.com/dybRBK8Nmv— Rob Arthur (@No_Little_Plans) June 24, 2020
New look of the Rangers new stadium pic.twitter.com/zg5Eulwp4z— Albert Rios (@A_Rios08) June 24, 2020
Now that baseball season is going to start, we finally will get a chance to see the Texas Rangers new airplane hangar...er...ballpark. pic.twitter.com/JFE4DeRLPV— ESPN Milwaukee (@ESPNMilwaukee) June 24, 2020
I hadn’t seen exterior shots of the new Rangers Ballpark yet.— Kevin Kaduk, Midway Minute (@KevinKaduk) June 24, 2020
Holy cow, is this thing ugly. It looks like a warehouse for road salt. pic.twitter.com/bCGPH1Z2co
The Texas Rangers new stadium looks like a giant Ren's Pets Depot. pic.twitter.com/XXj5Yad1AK— Alex Seixeiro (@alexfan590) June 25, 2020
The Texas Rangers' new building looks like the newer Chernobyl sarcophagus.— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) June 25, 2020
Minus the charm, of course. https://t.co/xfXvnCsBhv
To be fair it does look pretty lux on the inside, sporting 50,000 seats and air-conditioning for when the roof is closed.
MLB’s 60-game season to start in late July
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule that will start on July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic and after months of acrimony.
The MLB Players Association approved the 66-day regular season, the shortest since 1878, after the union and clubs finalised health and safety protocols on Tuesday evening.
Players will receive full pro-rated pay for the season, working out to about 37 per cent of their salaries,
“All remaining issues have been resolved and players are reporting to training camps,” the union tweeted.
Players will begin workouts by July 1.
According to MLB: “The vast majority of (teams) are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.:
Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon.
“We have provided the players association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with baseball again soon.”
Each team will play 10 games against each of their four division rivals and four games against each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.