Texas Live! construction to start this week

Entertainment complex between Rangers' and Cowboys' stadiums due to open in 2018

Texas Live! construction to start this week

ARLINGTON -- The long-awaited construction of Texas Live! is scheduled to begin this week outside Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Rangers announced on Thursday.

Texas Live! is a major entertainment complex being built between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys. The first phase of the project will include 200,000 square feet of premier dining and entertainment space; a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion; a full-service 300-room convention hotel; and a 35,000-square foot meeting/convention facility.

It is expected to be open by Opening Day 2018. The Cordish Companies of Baltimore have been selected to oversee the construction.

"We were obviously hoping that a few more October games would delay this for a little longer," said Rob Matwick, the Rangers' executive vice president for business operations. "However, the Rangers had a great season with a second consecutive division title and now the excitement grows as we will begin site work for this long-awaited development in the Arlington Entertainment District. We can't wait to get started."

The Rangers are also hoping to build a $1 billion climate-controlled stadium next to Texas Live! The next step in the process is an election for Arlington voters to approve the city's $500 million share of the construction costs on Nov. 8. If approved, the new stadium could be ready by 2020 just north of Globe Life Park.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.