Globe Life Field, the new Texas Rangers Major League Baseball park in Arlington, Texas, is complete and ready for play. Ajax Metal Forming Solutions provided high-strength low-alloy fabricated structural parts for the huge retractable roof atop the $1.1 billion facility, which can seat up to 40,300 fans for baseball games. Ajax was tapped by Uni-Systems of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to form bulb seal landing panels for the massive idler beams that help the huge roof move.
Uni-Systems is the leading provider of retractable roof systems in the United States. The company has designed, fabricated, and installed the most prominent retractable roofs on professional sports stadiums over the past decade, including those at Minute Maid Ballpark and Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas; Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Florida; Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana; Cowboys Stadium near Dallas, Texas; and University of Phoenix (Cardinals) Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Uni-Systems holds many patents for retractable roofing systems and more than any other company has advanced the engineering and technology related to kinetic architecture.
“It’s fun to be associated with such a high-profile construction project,” said Ajax Vice President of Sales Don Wellman. “The engineering that goes into retractable roof systems is simply amazing. The size and scope of this project is hard to imagine until you see the photos of the completed stadium. We’re delighted to play a role.”
The retractable roof at Globe Life Field can close in about 15 minutes, a significant advantage in Arlington, where frequent rainstorms cause game delays. Club management had previously cited weather as the reason Ranger game attendances were lower than that of other Major League Baseball teams.