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04/02/09 7:49 PM ET

Rangers announce initiatives for fans

The Rangers have announced and/or completed a wide number of initiatives and projects designed for their fans, both on Opening Day and throughout the season.

These projects include ticket and parking discounts on Friday nights, upgrades and discounts in their concession stands, improvements to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and guidelines for easing traffic congestion on Opening Day and beyond.

Here is the rundown, beginning with Friday night:

• The Rangers are introducing Friday night specials. In addition to the 12 fireworks shows, Rangers fans can now get discounts on tickets and parking on those nights.

• On all Friday Night Fireworks, all regularly priced tickets of up to $25 are available for just $10. In addition, cash parking will be reduced from $12 to $5.

Concession upgrades

• Rangers and Delaware North Companies Sportservice are offering smaller versions of beer and soda at discounted prices.

• Sportservice is also offering a value meal at select locations. A hot dog, chips and soda will cost $5.75, a savings of $3.75. A hot dog, soda and fries are $6.75, a savings of $4.75.

• A 16.9-ounce version of the $4.50 20-ounce bottle of water will be available for $3.

• In addition to the large 22-ounce version of Souvenir Beer for $7.50, all permanent concession stands will offer a 16-ounce beer for $5.

• The All You Can Eat section has been expanded to about 2,100 seats and will be located in the Home Run Porch and the space formerly occupied by the Rawlings All-American Grill. This package is now available for every home game. They are $34 and $39 for Premier Games. They are $25 on Fridays for non-Premier Games. Group tickets for non-Premier Games are $31 and $37 for Premier Games.

• The new Texas Grill stand will sell Nolan Ryan Guaranteed Tender Beef and sausage dishes. It will also offer onion rings and feature beers brewed in Texas.

• A new ICEE mix-it-up stand offers nine flavors to mix and match in a souvenir cup for $9. They can be refilled at a discounted price of $3.

• The Lone Star Burrito stand has been enhanced so that fans can build their own custom burrito.

• Sportservice is adding roaming bars on the suite level so guests can order drinks by the glass rather than a full bottle for the suite.

• The addition to the Home Run Seats affords fans a free buffet at the Diamond Club Restaurant, in-seat service and all-you-can-eat peanuts, popcorn, soda and water.

Ballpark improvements

• The Rangers have completed all the upgrades to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, including the first set of scoreboard improvements in the facility's history.

• A full-color linear panel on the Lower Suite Level façade from foul pole to foul pole. It is three feet high and 948 feet long. There is also one on the front of the Home Run Porch and another just below the Diamond Club in left field.

• A full-color Daktronics Pro Star Video Display Board has replaced the manuel scoreboard that was on the left-field wall since 1994. It is 12 feet high and 84 feet wide and provides more complete information and video replays.

• A total of 88 seats have been added behind home plate and between the dugouts and 62 seats in the third-base "Commissioner's Box" beyond the third-base dugout.

• The home plate screen has been widened, a new brick façade has been constructed at the field level in front of the lower stands and the Rangers have replaced all the padding in the outfield walls. All areas that were once chain-link fences have been padded. The brick wall runs from left to right field.

Opening Day suggestions

• Parking lots on Opening Day open at 8 a.m. CT and fans are being asked to arrive early to avoid congestion and enjoy the pregame festivities. The ballpark gates will open at 10 a.m.

• Fans are reminded that the majority of the cash parking lots are located on the north side of the Ballpark. Additional parking will be available at Six Flags over Texas.

• There will be a postgame concert on the North Lawn after the game by Roger Creager. That will allow fans to listen to the concert and let the congestion subside.

• Green Oaks Boulevard just west of 360, Randol Mill Road east of Highway 360 and Collins Street between Lamar and Road to Six Flags are under construction and should be avoided.

• Parking and traffic updates can be found daily at texasrangers.com/directions or www.arlingtontx.gov and www.arlingtonpd.org or call 972-PARKING.

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