Arlington City Council Approves Partnership with Rangers

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ARLINGTON -- We're still a long way away from renderings of the new Rangers ballpark becoming reality, but the first step in the process took place Tuesday night in Arlington. That;s where the City Council met to decide whether to place the funding agreement on the upcoming November ballot.

But not everyone in Arlington in rooting for the home team in this situation.

"I think the average person can look at the current stadium and say that this is a great building and that it'd be absurd to knock it down to a build another one two blocks away just so you can have a roof," local attorney Warren Norred said. "Put a roof on the existing one."

It continues the never-ending debate about whether citizens should be helping billionaires build their sports palaces.

The $500 million that Arlington officials have agreed to fork over for the new stadium dwarfs the total cost of the original ballpark in Arlington, which was just under $200 million. The city also contributed over $325 million for Jerry World.

Speaking of Jerry, the City of Frisco is paying $60 million and their school district $30 million for their part of the Cowboys highly anticipated training facility dubbed "The Star."

So the message is pretty clear: If your city wants a shiny new stadium, be ready to be participate in an unofficial GoFundMe for billionaires.

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