- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The HKS architecture firm will design a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.

Team officials on Thursday announced the selection of Dallas-based HKS, which also was the architect for Globe Life Park. The current venue opened in 1994.

The new ballpark will be funded as a public-private partnership between the city of Arlington and the Rangers.

Arlington voters in November approved extension of a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 5 percent car-rental tax for the new Rangers stadium. That revenue previously went to defray Arlington’s $155 million debt on its share of the cost of AT&T; Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

The design for the new ballpark is underway. The stadium should be completed in time for the 2020 MLB season.

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