Rangers, City of Arlington break ground on Texas Live!

The $250 million world-class development is scheduled to open in 2018

  • Officials from the Texas Rangers, the City of Arlington, the Cordish Companies and other groups make the first digs in breaking ground on Texas Live! The project is scheduled to open in 2018. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Officials from the Texas Rangers, the City of Arlington, the Cordish Companies and other groups make the first digs in breaking ground on Texas Live! The project is scheduled to open in 2018. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • The ceremonial shovels used in the groundbreaking. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    The ceremonial shovels used in the groundbreaking. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Blake Cordish of the Cordish Companies. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Blake Cordish of the Cordish Companies. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Rangers broadcaster (and former Rangers great) Tom Grieve was the master of ceremonies. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Rangers broadcaster (and former Rangers great) Tom Grieve was the master of ceremonies. (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
Keven Costlow

Proving that you never get too big in business to get your hands dirty, the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers, the Cordish Companies, and the other accompanying businesses involved with Texas Live! all participated in the official ground breaking of the complex Wednesday.

The ceremony, held in Lot A of Globe Life Park – the selected site of Texas Live! – brought out dignitaries from the above-named businesses, as well as the City Council, who “turned the dirt” with ceremonial shovels.

Rangers television announcer Tom Grieve, who served as the master of ceremonies, said he remembered when the Rangers first played here in 1972, the area around the ballpark looked a lot different.

“It seemed like everything between Arlington Stadium and Collins was like a forest,” he said. “They made a commitment to build a world-class facility, but that was just a vision. Today, it's a reality.”

The master aerial design of Texas Live! (Photo: The Cordish Companies)

Mayor Jeff Williams, echoed those sentiments, noting that the new ballpark and the Texas Live! Site have cemented Arlington's place among the top sports and entertainment sites in the country,

“What a big day this is in the American Dream City,” he said. “It's awesome that we've had the Rangers for many decades, and now we'll have them here for many decades more.”

The managing general partners of the franchise, Ray Davis and Rob Matwick, each spoke of the new beginning in Arlington and how proud they were to be here. Blake Cordish of the Cordish Companies, Max Penny of Manhattan Construction and Gerald Alley of Con-Real also spoke.

When finished, the complex will encompass 200,000 square feet of restaurants, retail and entertainment, alongside a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion and a 300-room convention hotel and meeting and convention space.

The target date for the opening of Texas Live! Is 2018.