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Arlington prepares for 2024 MLB All-Star Game – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The City of Arlington and the Texas Rangers are preparing to welcome thousands of baseball fans to Globe Life Field for the 2024 MLB All-Star Week and the MLB All-Star Game.

“The game hasn’t been played here since 1995, so it’s really exciting for everyone in our organization to be able to bring the best players in the world to Globe Life Field to celebrate the great game of baseball,” said Rob Matwick, executive vice president of business operations for the Texas Rangers.

The week-long event will take place in and around the Entertainment District, with teams building the Capitol One All-Star Village that will accompany the All-Star events at Choctaw Stadium and E-Sports Stadium.

“Having it at Choctaw Stadium and integrating it with our North Lawn and an esports stadium at the Museum of Art so it's a truly 60,000-square-foot baseball festival for four days is going to be really cool. So we're excited for fans of all ages to come and experience the All-Star Village. There's something for everyone,” Matwick said.

Between June 12 and 16, thousands of people will be on the road every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., which will result in major road closures.

According to the city, police will close the road from Six Flags to Stadium Drive to the Nolan Ryan Expressway for the entire week of the All-Star Village.

“Randol Mill Road is essentially closed from Ballpark Way to Stadium Drive to AT&T. This is a closure for the red carpet event that is taking place next Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” said Keith Brooks, public works director for the city of Arlington.

A traffic management center will monitor traffic patterns in real time and adjust traffic lights as needed. Reversible lanes will also be available on Division St. and Collins St. to help direct traffic.

“We know traffic is going to be a problem,” said Arlington Deputy Police Chief Leo Daniels.

He said police had sent a team to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game in Seattle to gain insight into the planning.

“We're obviously used to doing a lot of large events, but with each event there are different things we have to take care of, so we're trying to take into account the different nuances. We had some different ideas from Seattle and some different things we're trying to implement this time,” Daniels said.

He said people are urged to allow enough time to travel to Arlington and plan their parking in advance.

Park

The Texas Rangers said they have 13,000 parking spaces and will use another 5,000 to 6,000 from AT&T Stadium as well as parking lots belonging to local businesses.

“We've tried to keep the parking situation consistent for all stadium visitors. We've done the same thing we did last year in the postseason, in addition to what we did for the regular season and concerts at Globe Life Field. That consistency helps with traffic flow and helps our fans coming in because they know the way,” said Mike Healy, Texas Rangers Executive Vice President of Venue Operations & Guest Experience.

Prices vary depending on the location of the parking lot. Rangers said people should expect to pay between $30 and $60 for parking.

Carpooling

With so many people coming from out of town, Healy said they expect a strong ride-sharing presence.

The designated area is at Ball Park Way and Chapman Cutoff.

“There will be a geofence in their app, and people will be able to drop people off and pick people up there as well. And that will reduce any traffic and prevent people from stopping on the streets in the entertainment district,” Healy said.

The heat

Organizers know that triple-digit temperatures are unlikely to let up in the middle of the Texas summer.

“That's something we're working on in conjunction with our fire service partners, but they have cooling stations and they'll have their hydration stations. They'll have extra forces just going in and out of the crowd, firefighters just going through the crowd just checking on people,” Daniels said.

According to Healy, there will be cooling locations in Choctaw, the All-Star Village and the E-Sports Stadium.

“We will have water vendors around the ballpark itself,” Healy said.

MLB All-Star Week runs from June 12-16, with the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Event dates

Capital One All-Star Village, Choctaw Stadium and Esports Arlington + Expo Center will be open Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available in lots F, G and H. Lots open at 8 a.m.

Friday, July 12: HBCU Swingman Classic presented by T-Mobile and supported by MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation (YDF), Globe Life Field. Parking lots B, C, D, E, L, M, N, Q, R, V and W open at 2 p.m. Globe Life Field opens at 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 13: All-Star Futures Game and Skills Competition/All-Star Celebrity Softball Game presented by Corona, Globe Life Field. General parking opens at 11 a.m. for lots B, C, D, E, L, M, N, Q, V and W. Globe Life Field opens at 1 p.m.

Monday, July 15: Gatorade All-Star Workout Day/T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Globe Life Field. Parking lots B, C, D, E, L, M, N, Q, V and W open at 2:00 p.m. Globe Life Field entrances open to the public at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16: MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, Globe Life Field. Parking lots open at 2 p.m. B, C, D, E, L, M, N, Q, V, W.