One of the best parts of the new stadium is the retractable roof. | Photo by Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Whether you’re a sports fanatic — or just look good in blue — when it comes to sports, North Texas has no shortage of teams to support.
⚾ Texas Rangers (MLB) | Est. 1961
The Texas Rangers didn’t always call Arlington home. The MLB team was established as the second incarnation of the Washington Senators — an expansion team awarded to Washington DC — after the old Senators team moved to Minnesota and became the Twins.
In 1972, the team moved to Arlington where it became known as the Texas Rangers. The Rangers played at Arlington Stadium from 1972 to 1993, at Globe Life Park from 1994 to 2019, and now at its current stadium in Arlington’s Entertainment District.
🏈 Dallas Cowboys (NFL) | Est. 1960
The Cowboys were nicknamed America’s Team in 1978 when film narrator John Facenda said the team appears on TV so much that they are as recognizable as movie stars and US presidents. The nickname eventually stuck after the Cowboys dominated their regular seasons and won two Super Bowls under then-head coach Tom Landry.
In 1989, Jerry Jones purchased a majority interest in the Cowboys from H.R. Bright. By 2018, the Cowboys became the first sports team to be valued at $5 billion, making it the most valuable sports team in the world.
🏈 Arlington Renegades (XFL) | Est. 2018
The Dallas Renegades were part of the original eight teams that made up the XFL, an alternative to the NFL. Although unsuccessful on or off the field during their brief existence, they remain part of sports history as one of only two original XFL franchises still operating today. Flash forward to 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the XFL suspended operations, with all employees, players, and staff terminated.
In August of 2020, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Gerry Cardinale purchased the XFL for $15 million and eventually moved its headquarters to Arlington. In 2022, the XFL franchise made a comeback, but this time, Arlington was its home.
Open Play Pickleball | Monday, Oct. 2 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave., Fort Worth | Free | Grab a paddle and a friend for a game of pickleball on one of the four outdoor courts.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
National Night Out | Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 6-9 p.m. | Corner of Saint Croix Lane + Sequoia Way, Park Glen, Fort Worth | Free | Bring a chair and spend the evening outside visiting with Park Glen neighbors, council members, and police officers.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Fall Lunchtime Music Series | Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Burnett Park, 501 W. 7th St., Fort Worth | Free | Bring your lunch outside and enjoy live music in the park.
Thursday, Oct. 5
TechFW 2023 Impact Showcase | Thursday, Oct. 5 | 5-8 p.m. | Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth | $10-$25 | Meet the entrepreneurs making an impact at this year’s North Texas technology startup showcase.
Learn & Grow: Critter Capers | Thursday, Oct. 5 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | North Richland Hills Library Community Room, 9015 Grand Ave., North Richland Hills | Free | Learn common wildlife in North Texas landscapes, how to attract them, and how to support them with the plants we plant.
Friday, Oct. 6
State of the City Address 2023 | Friday, Oct. 6 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth | $105 | Guests can expect to hear about the city’s accomplishments, opportunities, and Mayor Mattie Parker’s vision for the future of Fort Worth.
The Texas Rangers secured their first postseason berth since 2016. On Saturday, the Rangers beat the Mariners (6-1) at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The win assures the Rangers of at least a Wild Card spot in the American League playoffs. (ESPN)
Upscale steakhouse Cowboy Prime plans to expand from Midland to Fort Worth with a new location in the Stockyards. Owned by chef Felipe Armenta and Graham Elliott, the restaurant will be located at 128 E. Exchange Ave. There’s no word yet on when the spot will open. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
An old recreation building in the Near Southside could breathe new life as a performance space. Bennett Partners is working with the city to iron out costs including utilities, building codes, and historic preservation. Developers will meet with city staff on Tuesday, Oct. 17. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Country music star Morgan Wallen added 10 additional shows to his “One Night At A Time World Tour” with a stop at AT&T Stadium. Wallen will be joined by special guests Jelly Roll, Nate Smith, and Bryan Martin on July 25, 2024.
The Fort Worth Zoo will host its annual Boo at the Zoo event Friday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Oct. 29. The Halloween event will feature trick-or-treating throughout the park, festive food, a craft zone for kids, and musical entertainment. The daytime event is free with zoo admission.
The Kimbell Art Museum is celebrating the acquisition of an 18th-century landscape painting. Called “Going to Market, Early Morning,” the 1773 oil canvas was painted by British artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) and is on display in the museum’s Louis I. Kahn Building.
Did you know the beautiful artwork at Don Artemio can actually be purchased by guests? The Cultural District restaurant features sculptures and pottery from Mexican artists that can be purchased online. Take a look at the unique handmade artisan pieces.
The Czech Republic approved a plan to buy 24 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. The F-35s are assembled here in Fort Worth and worked on by more than 20,000 people. It’s unclear how much the contract is worth.
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What neighborhood do you think has the most Halloween spirit? | Photo by FTWtoday
October is here + the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice has filled the air. Before we know it, little ghosts and goblins will descend on local neighborhoods looking for the best treats and a spooktacular Halloween.
According to the real estate blog Candy’s Dirt, DFW is one of the best areas to celebrate the holiday based on single-home density and the number of kids under age 10. In short: More candy for less walking.
But it’s not all about the treats — one of our favorite parts of Halloween is cruising around different neighborhoods and looking at over-the-top yard decorations. We’re talking inflatables, lights, Jack-o-Lanterns, fog machines, you name it.
In the spirit of Halloween, we want you to nominate the Fort Worth neighborhood with the most gourd-geous Halloween displays. We’ll share some of the recommendations in a future newsletter. Happy haunting.