Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/3/11
ARLINGTON, Texas The visiting bullpen that caused St. Louis manager Tony La Russa so many problems in Game 5 of the World Series will be no more when the Texas Rangers start the 2012 season. The bullpen is being reconfigured, which is just one of the many renovations currently under way at Rangers Ballpark. Work on the visiting bullpen already was being planned before La Russa had phone communication issues during Game 5. The bullpen will run parallel to the left-center field fence, just like the Rangers bullpen in right-center. The visiting bullpen had been nearly impossible for the visiting team to see under the old set-up. A screen also shielded the bullpen from the playing field. "A couple of things went into play with concerns to the bullpen," said Rob Matwick, executive vice president for ballpark and event operations. "By reconfiguring, we did a couple of things. One, you can see into it now. More importantly, it opens up that plaza space. It gives us a much larger opening to move people in and out of the area." The bullpen change is just part of a massive update being undertaken this offseason at the ballpark. The estimated cost for the project is 11.5 million, and all the construction is supposed to be complete by Opening Day. There will be a new seating area called the "Batter's Eye Club" that will offer seating for around 100 people and offer fans a view from center field. The team plans to sell food in the area, and it can be rented out for groups for some games, while individual tickets will be sold for others. The club also is adding a new sports bar, which will be on the first floor of the office building in center field. The two-level complex will be inside and will likely include a FOX Sports Southwest studio. The kid's zone also is moving inside, into a 6,470-square foot space in the office building. In addition to the new facilities, Vandergriff Plaza will undergo changes. Among them are additional shaded areas and a relocation of the Nolan Ryan statue, though that will remain in Vandergriff Plaza. There will also be a video board inside the plaza. The changes will cost the club approximately 1,000 bleacher seats. Those season-ticket holders affected by the new configuration have already been notified. The area in left field where Shannon Stone fell to his death during the season will not be altered by the renovations. The only change in that area will be the installation of a 42-inch railing. That also is expected to be completed by Opening Day.
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