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Fire Isn't Expected To Delay Opening Of New Texas Rangers Stadium

Rangers Stadium
LM Otero
Associated Press
Texas Rangers players warm up during a tour of the under construction baseball field at the new Rangers stadium in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

The opening of the new ballpark for the Texas Rangers isn’t expected to be delayed after a fire that damaged about 2,000 square feet near the roof, construction officials said Monday. 

The fire Saturday started when sparks from welding work ignited combustible materials being stored in a sub-roof area on one of the upper floors at Globe Life Field, fire officials said.

Saturday afternoon, the Arlington Fire Department tweeted that the fire had been located and contained. The fire department and builder Manhattan Construction Group said there were no injuries.

Manhattan Construction says the damaged roof will be inspected and replaced, as will some metal decking.

The first game at the new stadium is set for March 23, an exhibition against St. Louis. The first regular season game is March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers spent 26 seasons at Globe Life Park, across the street from the site of the new $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium.