Homestand notes: I-30 HOV lanes closed

For fans heading out to the Texas Rangers' 10-game homestand should note one important traffic situation: The HOV lanes in both directions on I-30 from Dallas westbound to Baird Farm Road Bridge in Arlington will be closed.

Construction is going on to widen the lanes and they will be closed until August when they reopen (and they'll be tolled when they do finally reopen).

The club recommends that fans traveling on I-30 should use exits at SH 161, Ballpark Way and AT&T Way or Collins Street to get into and out of the parking areas. For more information, click here.

Other homestand highlights:

* Friday-Sunday vs. Houston Astros includes a replica ballpark for the first 15,000 fans on Friday and Mercy Me concert on Sunday along with $1 ice cream for kids 13 and under.

* Monday-Thursday vs. Seattle Mariners is highlighted by Shin-Soo Choo T-shirt giveaway for first 15,000 fans 14 and older on Tuesday and an afternoon affair (1:05 p.m.) on Thursday, which is also Wildlife Education Day with the Dallas Zoo.

* Friday-Sunday vs. Chicago White Sox starts with fireworks after Friday's game (themed to music of Movie Funnies), and Saturday is Yu Darvish Strikeout King Bobblehead night to the first 15,000 fans. Kids get to run the bases after Sunday's 2:05 p.m. game.