Globe Life Park, the former home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, has added a new tenant.
North Texas SC, of the third-tier USL League One, will play at the Arlington, Texas, venue in a three-year deal beginning next season.
The soccer team, owned and operated by local Major League Soccer franchise FC Dallas, will continue to practice at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas, but will move some of its business operations to Arlington.
The club will also produce and support community initiatives in Arlington and the surrounding communities.
Globe Life Park, which opened in April 1994, served as the home of the Rangers for 26 seasons, including World Series appearances in 2010-11, before the team’s final game there on September 29.
The facility will be will be reconfigured this fall to serve as the home of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades and North Texas SC. This will include reducing the seating capacity from 48,000 to around 20-25,000.
The Rangers are moving to the similarly-named Globe Life Field, a $1bn venue which is scheduled to open in March 2020 and has a retractable roof as well as air conditioning to better manage the oppressive North Texas summers.