Choctaw Casinos & Resorts draws much of its customer base from the Dallas-Fort Worth region, so it’s strategic branding deal at the new Globe Life Field through a multi-year partnership with the Texas Rangers will help the destination continue to penetrate the DFW market. The relationship makes Choctaw the Official and Exclusive Casino and Resort of the Texas Rangers. The agreement extends the parties’ existing relationship since 2010 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
“We are proud to join the Texas Rangers family in ushering in this new era of Texas Rangers Baseball,” said Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton. “A new ballpark, a great team, and two strong entertainment brands mean more fun and excitement for the fans and for the region. We’re committed to helping the Texas Rangers take America’s favorite pastime to the next level in North Texas.”
Anticipate seeing Choctaw’s branding on signage over left field and home plate, in addition to exclusive branding in the Rangers’ first base home dugout, among other assets. The new Globe Life Field is scheduled open in March 2020 in time for the Rangers’ season.
“The Rangers are thrilled to have Choctaw as our partner for many years to come,” said Rangers Chief Operating Officer Neil Leibman. “With its association with Texas Live! and the new Globe Life Field, Choctaw will have a great presence in the Arlington Entertainment District. This is an exciting time for the Texas Rangers organization, and we are proud to make this announcement today.”
Expansions In Progress
Meanwhile, Choctaw Casinos is expanding with the $500 million construction of a 19-story hotel tower including 1,000 rooms, a larger gaming floor, a lazy river and retail space — all forecasted for completion in 2021.
The new Globe Life Field is being built as a public-private partnership between the City of Arlington and the Rangers. The team’s new home will also function as a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue for hosting high school, college and international sports, as well as entertainment tours.
While Texas hasn’t yet joined the 14 states across the United States, including neighboring states Arkansas and New Mexico, in legalizing sports betting, the Choctaw Nation would definitely hop on the opportunity. The Tribe told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that it’s interested in bringing baseball proposition bets to Texas Rangers fans, either at the Tribe’s casino based in Durant, Oklahoma, or potentially someday to Globe Life Field.
“I am really hoping, with our sponsorship we’re doing here, we’ll be on the ground level of that. We maybe could even help push that. We could maybe be instrumental in getting that in Texas, and we could be a big part of it,” Janie Dillard, Choctaw senior executive director of commerce, told the Star-Telegram.