Cubs, Rangers fans miss opening ceremonies due to long lines outside stadium

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Fans had trouble getting into Globe Life Park on opening day. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Fans had trouble getting into Globe Life Park on opening day. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

The final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington did not start the way anyone hoped. And thatโ€™s before the first pitch was thrown Thursday between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

David Tarrant, a reporter with Dallas Morning News, intended to talk to fans about the final season to be played at the park. He was even there for opening day in 1994.

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Instead, he listened to angry fans stuck outside as lines extended down the block from the third base side to the home plate side.

Fans miss first pitch of 2019 season

Fans took to social media and shared with Tarrant anger over missing the first pitch due to the lines.

One fan said he was in line for an hour and 24 minutes and expected to be there for another 30 minutes before he made it in.

An officer told Tarrant, per a tweet, that people arrived late and on opening day โ€œyou need to come two hours early like the airport.โ€

First pitch was at 3:05 p.m. local time. Greg Abbott, the 48th governor of Texas, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Richard Greene, an instrumental figure in getting The Ballpark in Arlington built when he was mayor. The pregame ceremonies included a flyover, per the Dallas Morning News.

Did Rangers going digital cause lines?

The Rangers are no longer accepting print-at-home tickets or parking passes this year, according to multiple reports. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth first publicized it March 1; other outlets published it within the past few days in the lead-up to opening day.

"If your tickets and parking are not printed on Rangers tickets stock, which is still an option, you can use an electronic version of your tickets and parking on your mobile device," Rob Matwick, Rangers executive vice president of business operations, told 105.3 The Fan. "Apple and Android users can utilize the MLB Ballpark app, or any smartphone user can log into their My Rangers tickets account to access their electronic tickets and parking."

Matwick told 105.3 The Fan the team intended to have people at entry gates to help fans who did show up with a print-at-home ticket.

That takes time, though, and may have contributed to the long lines. Downloading an app on data, or attempting to sign in to any available wifi, then creating an account is consuming.

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