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Nolan Ryan is trying to lower the temperature at the Rangers' ballpark

Aug 11, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

After falling short in his bid for the Rangers last week Mark Cuban commented that high temperatures in Arlington mean the team is “always at a disadvantage just because of the heat factor” and “you’re never going to be able to quite charge the same [prices] as Boston is just because of the comfort factor going out there.”
Team president and owner-to-be Nolan Ryan seemed to agree with Cuban’s basic point when responding to those comments today, saying:

You can’t justify putting a retractable roof on this stadium at the current cost of doing so. We’ve looked at sun screens that would reduce the temperature in the ballpark by 15 degrees, but we haven’t come up with something that is economically feasible on that yet.

Last night the Rangers drew over 46,000 to see them beat the Yankees, but they haven’t finished a season ranked higher than sixth in total attendance since 2001.

  1. RichardInBigD - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Put sone giant a/c ducts right behind home plate that point towards CF, and just turn them on in the bottom half of every inning…

  2. Proudly Canadian - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    I thought that they were doing that already.

  3. bigtrav425 - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    46,000 is a good draw! prolly 3 times as much as my indians are drawing….but then again we suck ass! as do our GM and Owners

  4. APBA Guy - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    93 at 10:15 pm in the stadium tonight. Not sure the screens will help that.

  5. Matt S. - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    +1

  6. Larry - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Why oh Why did anyone approve the idea of an open air outdoor stadium in North Texas? I lived down there for a bit, and went to the old Arlington Stadium. It was awful… rarely after April are there any day games, but when there in the middle of the day, it is just brutal.
    It made sense for the Cowboys to have the hole in their old stadium, because they at least played most of their games in the fall…. but the Rangers? Pure stupidity that cannot be reversed by a simple fix.

  7. smokehouse - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Time to call Al Gore. He seems to think we can change the weather with windmills, solar panels and bicycles. Knowing Texans, they would tell him to stick it up his butt.

  8. doctorfunke - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    C. Montgomery Burns may be able to help with that, Mr. Ryan.

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