Globe Life Field May Host MLB World Series In Expanded Playoff Format

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Major League Baseball is negotiating plans with the players' union for the 2020 playoffs, and the plan could include playing the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

The $1.2 billion stadium was completed for this season and has hosted concerts and high school graduations, but the Rangers have had to play without fans in the stands.

Governor Greg Abbott tweeted a link to an article in Bloomberg, reporting Globe Life Field would host the World Series.

"The World Series will be played this year in... Arlington, Texas, at Globe Life Field. Home of the Rangers" Abbott wrote.

The World Series will be played this year in......Arlington, Texas.At @GlobeLifeField.Home of the @Rangers.https://t.co/sXRRXOrmUA via @luxury

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 10, 2020

Major League Baseball will expand this year's playoffs to 16 teams. The playoffs will begin September 29, and the World Series is scheduled to end by October 28.

The report says MLB and the union are working out a plan for teams to play in "bubbles," similar to the NBA and NHL.

The first round of playoffs would take place at the home ballpark of each higher seed. Subsequent series would move to California, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego, and Texas, at Globe Life Field in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

American League teams would play in California, and National League teams would play in Texas. The format would prevent any playoff team from playing in its own home stadium.

The World Series would then take place at Globe Life Field.

Neither the Texas Rangers nor Major League Baseball have confirmed the plan. Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Rangers said the team had not received any confirmation from Major League Baseball that Globe Life Field would host playoff games, and the decision would be made by the league.

The article says MLB is waiting to announce the plan until health and safety protocols are negotiated. Last week, MLB said 55 players and 30 staff members on 21 teams have tested positive for COVID-19.