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October 29, 2010

Homeland Security shuts off Rangers Ballpark roads

ARLINGTON -- Fans who arrive fashionably late Saturday to game three of the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington had better wear sensible shoes.

The four roads surrounding the ballpark will be closed to all traffic immediately after the first pitch as a security measure, and remain closed until the final out, officials said. As a result, fans who arrive late for the Rangers' game against the San Francisco Giants likely will have to park a long way away, and walk a good distance -- perhaps as much as a mile -- to their seats.

"If a fan shows up after the first pitch, the streets immediately adjacent to the ballpark will be closed during the game. It will be just from the first pitch to the end of the game," said Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard.

The closure includes portions of four streets immediately next to the ballpark gates:

  • Randol Mill Road
  • Road to Six Flags
  • Ballpark Way
  • Nolan Ryan Expressway

The decision to close to the streets was made during a consultation between Arlington’s Homeland Security detail and Major League Baseball, she said. The closures will be in place for all the Arlington games during the series, she said.

As a practical matter, the decision will affect only a fraction of fans attending the game. As anyone who has attended a playoff game knows, even the credentialed parking spots near the ballpark are all filled up well before the first pitch, and anyone who shows up late likely won’t have a place to park.

But the barricaded streets could be a surprise for fans who expect to be able to show up fashionably late and drop-off their car at the valet stands near the ballpark. Not this time.

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In Texas you are issued two license plates and you must have both on your vehicle. Sorry you don't think it looks good, but that's the law, and I wish every person who didn't display both plates or display them correctly would be issued citations.

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