Arlington, Rangers Celebrate ‘Going to the World Series’ Statue Unveiling at North Plaza

City leaders, the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, and the Texas Rangers celebrated the unveiling of the “Going to the World Series” statue in the North Plaza for the future Globe Life Field and the soon-to-open Texas Live! during a ceremony today in Arlington’s world-class Entertainment District. Former Rangers catcher Bengie Molina was in attendance and the ceremony’s emcee was Chuck Morgan, the team’s longtime PA announcer.

The project is a dream that has now been fully realized after the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau assisted the City of Arlington in creating a master plan concept to memorialize Entertainment District events with a sculpture trail in 2011. As part of that initiative, the City commissioned an artist, Harry Weber, to develop a sculpture depicting a realistic portrayal of pitcher Neftali Feliz and catcher Bengie Molina embracing following the final out of Game 6 of the 2010 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Feliz struck out Alex Rodriguez to send the Rangers to their first World Series in the 50-year history of the franchise.

“One of the greatest dreams of any professional baseball team is to make it to the World Series,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “This statue celebrates the first time that happened here in Arlington and we’re extremely proud of the work by Harry Weber. Our residents can now remember and appreciate this important moment in Rangers history that happened right here in their hometown.”

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In conjunction with the artist, the City collaborated with the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies to place the sculpture in the new plaza between the new ballpark and the Texas Live! entertainment complex. The North Plaza, which will be the north entrance to Globe Life Field, will open to the public with the opening of Texas Live! on Thursday, August 9, 2018. In addition to six video media towers, the plaza features a 60-foot, 6-inch-wide fountain with a Texas Rangers T that can be programmed to entertain visitors with colorful water shows.

“The Rangers want to thank the City of Arlington and its Parks and Recreation Board for taking the lead on this statue project,” said Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rob Matwick. “Harry Weber has done an outstanding job of depicting one of the most iconic moments in the history of the Texas Rangers. Going to the Show will be a great addition to the North Plaza and will be enjoyed by millions of visitors for years to come.”

The Grand Opening celebration for Texas Live! will take place Thursday, August 9 to Sunday, August 12 in Arlington’s Entertainment District. Festivities kick off Thursday, August 9 with national recording artist and Dallas-Fort Worth native, Toadies, performing a free concert on the Arlington Backyard stage. Texas Live! will feature the Arlington Backyard concert venue, Live! Arena, PBR Texas Country Bar, Troy’s, Sports & Social Arlington, Pudge’s Pizza, Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint, Miller Tavern & Beer Garden and Lockhart Smokehouse.

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