McKinney Drilling’s drilled shaft expertise was key to successful, on-time completion of the permanent earth support portion of the overall stadium construction project.

The project

The Texas Rangers organization’s Globe Life Field baseball stadium will replace the existing Globe Life Park. Maximum excavation depth was 85 ft through complex ground conditions composed of sands, clays, sandstones, shales, and alluvium deposits.

The challenge

The project was accelerated in order to be complete in time for the 2020 baseball season. While permanent soil nail walls installed by Hayward Baker, Inc. provided the primary means of excavation support, an alternative approach was required between the north wall and outside corners where soil nailing was not viable due to the presence of a new, 48-in.-diameter utility line installed for the adjacent Texas Live entertainment facility, also under construction.

The solution

To accommodate the utility line at the 60-ft-deep north wall, an anchored drilled shaft system was installed by McKinney with tiebacks carefully spaced above and below the pipe. Approximately 33,000 ft2 of anchored drilled shafts was installed, comprising a significant portion of the 250,000 ft2 earth support system. GEO-Instruments provided comprehensive instrumentation and monitoring throughout the soil nailing and drilled shaft installation. Careful coordination between all parties ensured that the overall earth support work was completed on schedule.

Project Facts


Rangers Stadium Company, LLC

Main Contractor(s)

Manhattan Construction Company

Keller Business Unit(s)

McKinney Drilling
Hayward Baker


Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. and Hayward Baker

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Globe Life Field Project Summary