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The Texas Rangers new $1.2 billion ballpark, Globe Life Field, will play host to 49 high school graduation ceremonies over the next month. Kennedale will one of those schools. {{more: continue …}}
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Graduation for Kennedale will happen next month on Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 PM. It will come with strings attached ? limited guests and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.?

?Even though we?re in a bigger venue, we still

have to follow the social distancing protocols,? Rob Matwick, Rangers executive

vice president of business operations told Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram (jwilson@star-telegram.com).

?Just because we?re coming in a 40,000-seat venue doesn?t mean we?re going to

put 15,000 people in here.??

Rules of the Field ??
  • All guests must wear face coverings and observe social distancing.
  • Districts must assign seating. No more than five people from the same household can be grouped together, and they will be spaced by three empty seats. Guests will be seated in the lower bowl. Tickets will come in the senior?s graduation packet and won?t be disbursed until the day of the ceremony.
  • Graduates must stay at least six feet apart. They will be brought through the concourse and onto the field. Each senior will walk to home plate, stop to have a photo taken and displayed on the ballpark videoboard, and then leave the playing field.
  • No diplomas will be given.
  • The retractable roof must be open, as per the governor?s order. In the event of rain, the Arlington fire marshal will decide if the roof can close.
  • Concession stands will be closed, but restrooms will be open. An attendant will likely be located near the restrooms to help ensure social distancing.
  • Parking is free.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed through the seating area.
  • Cleaning crews will give the ballpark a deep cleaning before each ceremony, which includes days in which four ceremonies are being held.
The cost per district varies depending on the number of ceremonies, graduates and the total number of attendees, but the costs cover the Rangers? operational expenses to host the ceremonies, which includes enhanced cleaning procedures and increased staffing, team spokesman John Blake said in an email to the Star Telegram.? ??

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