Arlington City Council unanimously approves new Texas Rangers stadium

The Texas Rangers are one step closer to getting a brand new ballpark with a retractable roof.

During Tuesday night’s Arlington City Council meeting, members voted unanimously to enter into the public-private deal with the Rangers for a new stadium.

The city of Arlington would fund half the project by paying its portion with a half-cent sales tax voters approved for the Cowboys stadium. There would also be taxes on rental cars and hotel rooms.

Voters will still have to sign off. The city plans to put the issue before voters in November.

Rangers co-owner and co-chairman Ray Davis issued a statement saying:

"Tonight's action by the City Council is an important step in the process in this public-private partnership to build a new ballpark for Arlington and all our fans. I want to thank and commend Mayor Jeff Williams and the Arlington city leaders for their vision in reaching out to us and helping put together and approving this historic agreement. The Rangers are excited about the possibility of calling Arlington home for many years to come, and we are committed to building a world-class facility which will provide the best possible experience for our fans. We look forward to working with Mayor Williams, the City leaders, and the citizens of Arlington over the next several months to insure that this dream becomes a reality."

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