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New fan entrance for morning workouts

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have a new entrance for fans coming to spring training to watch the workouts on the back fields.The first day fans can watch the club is Thursday, when the pitchers and catchers take the field for the first official workouts. It's open at 10 a.m. Here's the detailed information from the club:

The practice fields at the Rangers complex will open to the public each day at 10:00 a.m. MT. Fans are advised that there is a new public entrance to the Rangers practice fields. Fans should now enter the practice fields from the east side of the complex on Bullard Avenue through the gate located between Fields 1 and 2. Ample free parking is located across the street from the new entrance on Bullard Ave.

The new east side entrance to the practice fields will make it much more convenient for fans once the Cactus League games begin in March. Fans will be able to access both the practice fields and Surprise Stadium from the east side and have to park only once to do so. Previously, with the practice field entrances on the west side off Parkview, it was necessary to drive to the other side of the complex to gain access to Surprise Stadium. Please note that fans may no longer access the practice fields from the west side of the complex.

Workouts will continue on the back fields until the beginning of Cactus League play with Rangers intrasquad games scheduled for March 1 and 2 at 12 noon on Field 1. Once the games begin, the Rangers will take batting practice on the practice fields on most days. Access to the practice fields is free of charge.

The Rangers begin Cactus League play by hosting the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, March 4 at 12:05 p.m. MT. Tickets for all Rangers home games at Surprise Stadium are available at the Surprise Stadium box office, by calling 800-745-3000, or at texasrangers.com.