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The Texas Rangers and its development partner, The Cordish Companies, released new artist renderings and an expanded vision for the Texas Live! project that will break ground this November.
The first phase of the mixed-use project, which will be located between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, is now expected to cost $250 million and will feature three major venues as well as an upscale, full-service 300-room hotel and convention space. Texas Live!, set to open in 2018, is projected to create more than 3,000 jobs and draw more than 3 million visitors to Arlington annually, officials said.
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams called Texas Live! transformative not only for Arlington’s Entertainment District but for North Texas as well, drawing even more tourists to the region.
“This is going to be the beginning of a new day in baseball. This is going to be an opportunity for entertainment and baseball to come together like never before,” Williams said.
With 200,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and dining options, the three venues – known as Rangers Republic, Live! Arena and Arlington Backyard – are designed to be a year-round destination for Arlington residents and visitors alike, officials said.
Texas Live!, originally billed as a $200 million, 100,000-square-foot project, was first unveiled last December. The 300-room hotel and 35,000-square-foot Convention Center annex were initially set to be built in a later phase but the Rangers and The Cordish Companies said they identified many beneficial reasons to push that part of the development forward sooner than later.
Construction on Texas Live! is expected to start at the end of the Texas Rangers season. The entertainment and shopping venues are set to open prior to the start of the Rangers’ 2018 Opening Day with the hotel opening later that year.
“The hotel along with the convention center annex offers the city the potential to greatly increase its convention and tourism business,” said Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. “It creates a more dynamic destination in Texas Live! Not only can fans come early and stay late, but they can stay over. We certainly hope to capture visiting teams when they come to town. We hope to be a great compliment for attractions such as Six Flags and sports fans and entertainment fans.”
The project will be inspired by the country’s leading sports entertainment districts such as The Cordish Companies’ and St. Louis Cardinals’ Ballpark Village in St Louis, but it will be uniquely authentic to Arlington. Construction is set to begin later this year, so stay tuned for additional details and announcements as we set a new national standard for sports anchored districts.