The Alamodome in San Antonio will host baseball for the first time March 29-30 when the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres play two exhibition games.
Reid Ryan, who runs the Rangers’ Triple A team in Round Rock, came up with the idea as an effort to spread the Rangers brand into San Antonio in conjunction with their games being shown all season on Fox Sports Southwest.
While the Padres will be playing in the hometown of their Double A team, the Rangers will be the draw.
“It’s going to be a great way to spread the R angers brand to the second largest city in Texas,” said Ryan, who was joined by his father, Rangers team president Nolan Ryan, and manager Ron Washington at a Thursday news conference at the Alamodome.
“This was an opportunity, once in a lifetime, when you have a new market coming on TV. What better way to do it than to do something out of the box like having a game at the Alamodome?”
The Rangers have to purchase a new artificial field for the games, and the field will have unique outfield dimensions.
The distance from home plate to the left-field corner will be a normal 340 feet, and it’ll be 395 to center. But the distance down the right-field line will be only 280 feet, but hitters will have to clear a 16-foot wall.
More than half of the 52,295 tickets will be priced at $15 or less. Tickets go on sale Nov. 30. Visit www.bigleagueweekend.com for more information.
-- Jeff Wilson