ARLINGTON -- The talk about Texas Live! is no more.On Wednesday, Rangers officials and other dignitaries broke ground at the $250 million entertainment complex that's slated to open in 2018.Texas Live! will feature 200,000 square feet of dining and entertainment room. The Rangers have partnered with The Cordish Companies for
ARLINGTON -- The talk about Texas Live! is no more.
On Wednesday, Rangers officials and other dignitaries broke ground at the $250 million entertainment complex that's slated to open in 2018.
Texas Live! will feature 200,000 square feet of dining and entertainment room. The Rangers have partnered with The Cordish Companies for the venue, which will also eventually include an upscale hotel in addition to a fan clubhouse, arena, outdoor pavilion and several dining options.
The facility has been in the works for a year, but by the time the Rangers open the regular season Monday, fans will see plenty of activity across the street from Globe Life Park.
"The exciting thing today is that we'll begin to see construction come out of the ground," Rangers executive vice president of business operations Rob Matwick said.
Matwick was one of several officials who spoke as representatives from the club, The Cordish Company, the city and the construction companies handling the work were also on hand.
On Wednesday, it was also made official that Manhattan Construction Company and Arlington-based Con-Real would lead the joint venture on the construction project.
Keeping the venue as local as possible is huge for the project, which when completed is expected to bring in more than $100 million annually in economic output for the city.
"It's been our focus to try and create jobs and create opportunity here in the city and to try and continue and build Arlington," said Matwick. "We'll have to have resources across North Texas and across the state to build this. As much as possible, we'd like to incorporate Arlington and Arlington citizens in the workforce moving forward."
That kind of talk is music to the ears of Arlington mayor Jeff Williams.
"That vision of us developing around the ballparks and developing a downtown and developing a business district centered around entertainment around the ballparks," Williams said. "Today it's happening. That dream is becoming a reality right here in Arlington."
The Texas Live! facility will be completed by the time the Rangers open their new ballpark in 2020, and also will be right next to AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.
The Cordish Company has developed facilities similar to Texas Live! in cities like Baltimore, St. Louis and Kansas City.
It would be hard for those cities to have the kind of backing the Rangers have had with Arlington in getting the project going.
"I'm proud of a lot of things with the Rangers, but we're proud to be part of Tarrant County and the city of Arlington," Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said. "I can't imagine another city that would be more supportive of their team than Arlington."
Anthony Andro is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington.