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North Plaza, Texas Live! nearing completion

Complex is first phase of development before Globe Life Field arrives in 2020
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ARLINGTON -- The construction of the North Plaza and Texas Live! is nearing completion as both venues prepare to open to the public in the coming weeks.

The North Plaza will open along with Texas Live! on August 9 and serve as the north entrance to Globe Life Field, which will open in 2020.

ARLINGTON -- The construction of the North Plaza and Texas Live! is nearing completion as both venues prepare to open to the public in the coming weeks.

The North Plaza will open along with Texas Live! on August 9 and serve as the north entrance to Globe Life Field, which will open in 2020.

Rangers executive vice president of business operations Rob Matwick said the plaza -- located adjacent to Texas Live! -- is designed to create an interactive experience for fans.

The plaza is approximately 2 1/2 acres and will contain several unique elements, including retail stores, two-sided videoboards, six media towers and an interactive fountain that can be programmed for music and water shows in Rangers colors.

Video: Behind the scenes walk-through of Texas Live!

"We have six large media towers that sort of guide you through that entryway, and the potential to choreograph music with the sound coming from the media towers," Matwick said. "We've talked about doing things like, if the Rangers win, [the music] activates into the ballpark, [we'll] punch that same button and it will activate out onto the plaza and the fountain, so the choreography will be the same," Matwick said. "We think that's a really neat element."

Texas Live! will feature 200,000 square feet of dining and entertainment venues including Live! Arena, PBR Texas, Lockhart Smokehouse, Troy's, Pudge's Pizza, Sports & Social Arlington and a signature venue from Guy Fieri. It will also feature Arlington Backyard, a 5,000-seat capacity outdoor event pavilion.

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As for the construction of Globe Life Field, Rangers vice president of project development Jack Hill said everything has continued to proceed as planned.

The facility has made major strides since groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 2017. The installation of the precast concrete risers for the seating bowl began last week, and the foundation for home plate and the outfield walls has already begun.

"Although it's hot, this nice, dry weather is perfect for what we're doing, which is a lot of concrete," Hill said. "We're pouring concrete, which is major for us, roughly three to four times a week."

The new ballpark will open in 2020 at a shared cost of $1.1 billion between the Rangers and the city of Arlington. The stadium has an approximate capacity of 40,000 and will feature a retractable roof for climate control.

The columns that will support the roof are also now under construction. The roof is over six acres, according to Hill.

Construction has also begun on the 14-story Live by Loews! Hotel, which is expected to be ready by 2019.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com

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