Music - Brain Damage / Eclipse by Pink Floyd
Photographed in August and December of 1994 and again in 2000 using film. Photographed in September of 2016 using digital
Returning 2 months later in August of 1994, a lot had happened. Gone were the light towers and seats. The heavy cranes were there to begin the job of physical demolition. I returned in December of 1994 and the stadium was gone, except for a few pieces of concrete. Fast forward to 2000, and nothing was left, except an old parking sign. The stadium was now a grassy lot. And the end was finally here.
Arlington Stadium / Turnpike Stadium - Opened in 1965 and demolished in 1994. The site is now a parking lot. On the google map, Legends way runs right thru the center of where Arlington Stadium stood.
Known as Turnpike Stadium 1965 - 1971, Arlington Stadium 1972 - 1993.
Location: 1500 E. Copeland Road Arlington, Texas -- Bounded by Nolan Ryan Expressway and Road to six flags E.
Just 2 months later in August of 1994 and the light towers have been taken down. Soon the wrecking ball will finish the job.
A crane removing one of the last light towers. August 1994.
Boxes and junk outside the visitors locker room on the third base side. August 1994.
One of the light towers waiting to be hauled away. August 1994.
The crane doing its dirty work. 8-94
The weeds are higher, the stadium emptier. 8-94
From the concourse looking towards first base. Just about all the seats are now gone. Anything of value has been stripped away. 8-94
The light standard bottom. This one was in the upper deck. 8-94
Debris litters the area around the Rangers clubhouse entrance. 8-94
The now empty Rangers clubhouse. You can see the TV stands hanging from the ceiling. 8-94
The jacuzzi inside the trainers room. Note, the power had been cut off to the stadium since my last visit in June of 1994. This shot was taken in August of 1994.
Graffiti inside the Rangers offices and ticket office. 8-94
Sorry for the blur, but this is what was left of the old visitors locker room. 8-94
A now stripped and deserted concession stand. This one on the main concourse. 8-94
The team store has been gutted. 8-94
The demoliton of the bleachers in the outfield has begun. 8-94
The light standards and an abandoned ticket booth await the end. 8-94
Fencing has been put up to keep people out...well MOST people :) I found a way in. 8-94
A light tower once stood here along the third base line. 8-94
This is the third base side of the park.
June 1994 and the light towers are still there.
Fast forward to August and they are now gone.
Shot from the roof of the Sheraton hotel. 8-94
One last look at the old park before it is completely leveled. This photo was shot from the roof of the Sheraton hotel. 8-94
December 1994 and the only visible piece of the stadium left standing.
These photos show what was left of Arlington Stadium in December of 1994.
It is now 2000 and a new sign has replaced the old one.
In 2000, this was all I could find from the old park. This sign is now gone too.
She wasn't pretty, but she was the first Major League baseball stadium in the Dallas Metroplex. I will always remember Arlington Stadium and the wind. Especially in summer when the wind felt like a blast furnace. R.I.P. You WERE Major League.....
September 2016 and the old ballpark site is now a parking lot for the Rangers and Cowboys.