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Greenberg: 'We're on the verge.'

FRISCO, Texas -- Chuck Greenberg will attend Opening Day on Monday, though not as the Rangers' owner yet. He sees that changing in a matter of weeks.

"We're on the verge," said Greenberg, as he sat near the Rangers dugout with some members of his family and watched the Rangers playKansas City. "It's not an exact science to predict closing dates, but things are on track to get done the week of April 19th."

Greenberg said that includes the approval of 75 percent of Major League Baseball owners, something necessary to complete the deal.

Tom Hicks, the Rangers' current owner, said he's invited Greenberg and Nolan Ryan's family to sit with him for Opening Day.

Greenberg is busy preparing for the transition of ownership. He said he plans on bringing in seven new hires to help with the marketing and other non-baseball related parts of the team.

"I'm pleased with the front office, this is just bringing in some reinforcements to enhance what's already there," Greenberg said.

He visited Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday and said he talked to as many people as he could, including fans, ushers, EMTs and concession workers.

"They are all excited," Greenberg said. "It's a group that cares about their jobs and the fans. I wanted to get an idea of what more we could be doing."

Greenberg said he plans on attending as many road games as he can once he's the owner to get ideas from other parks and put together a plan to improve the ballpark and the overall fan experience. He's talked about a large video board, but has some other ideas he wants to mull over during the course of the season. He's stressed that park alterations aren't likely to occur until after this season.

"I can't wait for Opening Day and to get the season going," Greenberg said. "I think this team is better coming out of spring than we were going in. It should be a fun season."

Greenberg has a contract on a home in Westlake and is looking forward to living in the area.