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Texas Live! construction set to begin next week

Construction for the first phase of Texas Live! will begin next week at the project site located in between the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“We were obviously hoping that a few more October games would delay this for a little longer,” said Rob Matwick, Rangers executive vice president for business operations. “However, the Rangers had a great season with a second consecutive division title and now the excitement grows as we will begin site work for this long‐awaited development in the Arlington Entertainment District. We can’t wait to get started.”

Texas Live’s initial phase includes 200,000 square feet of dining and entertainment space, a 5,000-person capacity outdoor event pavilion, a 300-room convention hotel and 35,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

“This announcement marks an important milestone for the City of Arlington, Texas Live! and its development team,” said Mayor Jeff Williams. “The Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies are delivering exactly as announced last month in their ongoing commitment to bringing a world‐class, sports‐anchored destination to Arlington in 2018.”

Texas Live! will bring over 3,000 new jobs and 3 million new visitors to Arlington upon its opening in 2018. The dining and entertainment portion of the project will open in the spring of 2018 with opening day and the hotel/convention facility will open in the spring of 2018.

The first phase will cost $250 million and will be paid for by the Rangers and Cordish. The city is contributing an additional $50 million for items such as infrastructure improvements.

Arlington voters will decide in a Nov. 8 election whether to shift a half-cent sales tax from the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium project to help pay for the new ballpark portion of Texas Live!. While Arlington voters have traditionally supported the construction of sports venues, the new plan is drawing some opposition, particularly from those who believed the current Globe Life Park was more than adequate. Now that the Rangers and city officials have said they will not tear down Globe Life Park, but instead repurpose it, many of the opponents believe that is just a tactic to blunt their opposition. The opponents have gathered some backing. On Sept. 8, the Tarrant County Republican Party passed a resolution in opposition to Arlington’s stadium plan.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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