Arlington breaks ground on new Live! by Loews hotel

One of the central features of the new Texas Live! entertainment center, it will be Arlington first luxury hotel and resort

  • Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams (left) joins Alex Tisch (center) and Ivan Rodriguez (right) in turning dirt for the groundbreaking of the new Live! by Loews hotel that will be part of the Texas Live! entertainment center. (Photo: Russ Rendon/Arlington Voice)
    Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams (left) joins Alex Tisch (center) and Ivan Rodriguez (right) in turning dirt for the groundbreaking of the new Live! by Loews hotel that will be part of the Texas Live! entertainment center. (Photo: Russ Rendon/Arlington Voice)
  • An artist's rendering of the lobby of the new Live! by Loews hotel. (Photo: The Cordish Companies)
    An artist's rendering of the lobby of the new Live! by Loews hotel. (Photo: The Cordish Companies)
  • An artist's rendering of one of the guest rooms at the new Live! by Loews Hotel, which will be Arlington's first luxury hotel and resort. (Photo: The Cordish Companies)
    An artist's rendering of one of the guest rooms at the new Live! by Loews Hotel, which will be Arlington's first luxury hotel and resort. (Photo: The Cordish Companies)
Keven Costlow

After having previously completed the ground-breaking for the new ballpark and Texas Live!, the Texas Rangers started another construction project Wednesday morning with the groundbreaking for the new luxury hotel, Live! by Loews – Arlington, TX.

The $150 million flagship hotel – the first Live! by Loews hotel in the United States, and the first luxury hotel in Arlington -- is expected to open in 2019 as part of the new entertainment district in the city.

“Dreams are being realized every week in Arlington,” said a beaming Arlington mayor Jeff Williams. “Our tourism is up 40 percent, which is a real key to keep our city services up and our taxes down, and that’s a real credit to Ronnie Price (at the Convention and Visitors Bureau).”

The Live! by Loews hotel concept was a cooperative effort by two of the most prominent and respected companies in hospitality and entertainment, in Loews Hotels & Co and The Cordish Companies.

An artist's rendering of the exterior of the new Live! by Loews Hotel, which will be the first luxury hotel and resort in Arlington. (Photo: The Cordish Companies)

Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies, said his organization is thrilled to officially commence construction on the country’s flagship hotel and celebrate the milestone with their partners, Loews Hotels & Co and the Rangers.

“Loews Hotels & Co is one of the preeminent hoteliers in North America and a leader in the convention and meetings industry,” Cordish said. “Today’s celebration is an exciting step forward in cementing Arlington as one of the leading convention, entertainment and tourism destinations in the country.”

The groundbreaking took place across from Globe Life Park – and in full view of the construction of Texas Live! behind it.

“It’s hard to look around here without getting excited about celebrating another milestone,” said Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. “We’re proud to be a partner with Loews and we really appreciate our partnership with the Cordish Companies, Loews and the City of Arlington.”

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