Big things are on the horizon for Arlington, Texas, the soon-to-be site of Texas Live! Texas Live! is a 200,000-square foot, $250 million mixed-use district featuring entertainment,a dining, shopping, a hotel and convention facility, around the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park in Arlington. When it opens -- by opening day of the 2018 season, if all goes as planned -- Texas Live! will be a year-round destination spot for fans and non-fans alike.
Plans include a 300-room hotel, a 35,000-square-foot convention space along with live music and entertainment venues, bars and restaurants, shopping and more.
So far, the roster is looking impressive.
Among the restaurants already slated to open with Texas Live! is renowned, Dallas-Fort Worth-based barbecue joint Lockhart Smokehouse, a second location of Granbury's craft beer makers Revolver Brewing, an as-of-now-unnamed flagship restaurant from celebrity chef and "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" host Guy Fieri, developed specifically for Texas Live!, and PBR Country Bar, a 17,000-square foot country-western bar with two mechanical bulls, established through a partnership between the Texas Rangers, Professional Bull Riders, the world's top rodeo circuit, and Cordish Cos.
Texas Live! venues will include Rangers Republic, a 30,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant and sports bar that will feature player visits, game broadcasts and more; Live! Arena, a 35,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment venue with 100-foot video screen, performance stages and two-story glass facade next to a 10,000-square-foot beer garden; and Arlington Backyard, an outdoor events pavilion that will accommodate up to 7,000 people for its 250-plus annual concerts, shows and special events
Maryland-based developers The Cordish Companies said they anticipate about a dozen more venues, restaurants, bars and shops to fill in the remaining spaces.
This $250 million district is only the first phase of what could become a $3 billion dream for the Rangers than would include a brand-new, $1 billion, state-of-the-art stadium replacing the team's 23-year-old current home.
The new stadium, set to open in 2020, will be designed by Dallas-based HKS, which designed AT&T Stadium -- home of the Dallas Cowboys -- as well as American Airlines Center, home to Dallas' Stars and Mavericks.