Fun with the Rangers
Texas Rangers divulge plans for epic dining and entertainment district in Arlington
On the heels of revealing plans for a new retractable roof ballpark earlier this season, the Texas Rangers have announced the building of a new mixed-use development called Texas Live, to be situated between the Rangers' current home, Globe Life Park, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Texas Live will feature three major anchor venues: Rangers Republic, Live Arena, and Arlington Backyard. It will include restaurants, entertainment venues, and hotel/convention facilities — businesses the Rangers estimate will bring more than 3,000 new jobs and 3 million new visitors to the city.
The development, being done in conjunction with partner Cordish Companies, is scheduled to break ground in November 2016, with a partial completion goal of baseball opening day in 2018.
Rangers Republic, billed as the "ultimate fan clubhouse," will be a two-story dining and entertainment venue celebrating Rangers' heritage past, present, and future. Live Arena, a multilevel, central gathering place with several dining and entertainment options, will feature a two-story, retractable glass façade that flows into an outdoor beer garden, a performance stage for concerts, and more.
Arlington Backyard will be an outdoor event pavilion capable of seating between 5,000 and 7,000 people. It will be covered by a permanent roof and will host different types of events throughout the year, including cultural activities, art shows, regional and national concerts, charitable functions, and community events.
The $250 million first phase of Texas Live is part of a greater $4 billion vision of the Arlington stadium district that includes additional phases of Texas Live, the new Rangers Ballpark, and the preservation and repurposing of Globe Life Park. The exterior façade of Globe Life Park will be preserved, with possible plans to turn the interior into an entertainment venue, retail and/or office space, or a festival site.
Texas Live will be built south of Randol Mill Road, between Legends Way and Nolan Ryan Expressway, adjacent to the location for the Rangers' planned new ballpark. The dining and entertainment portion will open in the spring of 2018 with opening day, and the hotel/convention facility will open in the fall of 2018.