February 26, 2018

Construction Progresses on $250 Million Texas Live! Dining, Entertainment and Hospitality Destination in the Arlington Entertainment District

Construction Progresses on $250 Million Texas Live! Dining, Entertainment and Hospitality Destination in the Arlington Entertainment District

Project is Creating 3,025 New Jobs for the City of Arlington and Tarrant County Including 2,000 Construction Jobs and 1,025 Permanent Jobs

ARLINGTON, TX (February 26, 2018) – Coming alive in the heart of Arlington is Texas Live!, one of the largest sports-anchored developments in the nation. Texas Live! will house over 200,000 square feet of best-in-class dining and entertainment venues, a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion, as well as the country’s flagship Live! by Loews hotel, a 300-room upscale hotel with 35,000 square feet of convention, meeting and special event space. Texas Live!, anchored by Live! by Loews, will blend sports, dining and entertainment with first-class hospitality, providing an incredible destination for sports fans, visitors and families, as well as a spectacular location for meetings, special events and conventions. The project is bringing 3,025 new jobs to the City of Arlington and Tarrant County including 2,000 construction jobs and 1,025 permanent jobs, and will increase visitation to the Entertainment District to over 14 million visitors per year.

Texas Live! is scheduled to open late summer/early fall of this year, with Live! by Loews opening in 2019 and Globe Life Field in 2020. These three projects represent over $1.25 billion of new development currently under construction in the Arlington Entertainment District. Currently on site, construction of Texas Live! is rapidly progressing. Approximately 54,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved off the project site between the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in the heart of Arlington, TX and approximately 1,000 tons of structural steel is being anchored by about 10,000 cubic yards of concrete to complete the exterior framework of the project.

“As construction of Texas Live! progresses in the Arlington Entertainment District, we are one step closer to making our dreams a reality with a world-class destination that will cement Arlington as the premier sports, entertainment and hospitality destination in the country for decades to come,” said Arlington Mayor W. Jeff Williams. “Texas Live! is already generating maximum community benefits to our residents with over 2,000 new construction jobs.”

The project is being constructed by a joint-venture partnership of Manhattan Construction Company and Arlington-based Con-Real, a partnership that marks an important milestone for the City of Arlington as the first time a project of this size and scope has had a local, minority-owned business positioned as a joint-venture partner to oversee construction.  

Nationally recognized Manhattan Construction Company, one of the largest, privately-held construction firms in the nation, is widely known for building high-profile, technically-difficult mega projects such as AT&T Stadium, one of the premier sports and event venues in the world. Con-Real, recognized as one of the most established full-service African American construction and real estate firms, has experience in over 3,000 projects including entertainment, commercial, hospitality, educational, industrial and technology facilities. 

“Texas Live! is one of the most exciting, game-changing projects with which we have been involved,” says Wesley Weaver, Manhattan Vice President. “We are proud to partner with Con-Real on this project that is committed to being a model for community-based development and is setting a new standard for sports-anchored destinations in the country.” 

“Even though we execute major projects nationally, this project is extremely unique to Con-Real as this takes place in our home,” said Gerald Alley, President and CEO of Con-Real. “As a representative for the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are excited and confident in all the positive impacts this will have to our Entertainment District.  As we build this momentous project, our role is to provide more opportunities for local and underutilized firms.” 

Texas Live! will become a year-round, central gathering place for the community and a destination for sports fans, visitors and families. This year, guests will be able to enjoy incredible sports viewing, regional and national concerts, hundreds of special events a year and several best-in-class dining and entertainment options including: 

Rangers Republic: the "ultimate fan clubhouse" for Rangers fans during home games, away games and all year-round. A celebration of the Rangers heritage past, present and future, Rangers Republic will be a two-level, 30,000 square foot, family-friendly dining and entertainment venue that will allow fans unprecedented access to the Texas Rangers.

Live! Arena: the heartbeat of Texas Live! - a multi-level, central gathering place comprised of over 35,000 square feet of best-in-class dining and entertainment options. Live! Arena will be the "living room" of Texas Live!, providing fans with one of the best sports viewing experiences imaginable and will be the ultimate place to celebrate the Rangers and all Texas sports.

Arlington Backyard: a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion that will become the "backyard" of Texas Live! Arlington Backyard will host over 250 annual events including cultural activities, art shows, regional and national concerts, charitable functions and community events and will serve as the launching point for major festivals throughout the entire district.

PBR Country Bar: The flagship PBR bar at Texas Live! will be the largest PBR venue in the country.  Born from the toughest sport on dirt, the PBR country bar at Texas Live! will be a powerhouse concept that brings an authentic country experience to Arlington, marrying an electric combination of "cowboy cool" and big-time, Texas-sized entertainment.  The country's flagship PBR will exceed 1,500-capacity and will feature a 7,000 square foot balcony overlooking Arlington Backyard.

Guy Fieri: The Emmy-award winning chef, restaurateur, author and TV personality will be launching a one-of-a-kind, flagship restaurant concept for the project that will be developed specifically with Texas Live! in mind.

Lockhart Smokehouse: The family behind the iconic brand have deep roots in Texas and will be bringing the Lockhart barbecue tradition to Texas Live!. Guests will be able to experience Lockhart traditions such as Kreuz Market sausage, as well as other Texas standards including brisket, ribs and other meats smoked low and slow over Texas post oak.

Additionally, Revolver Brewing will debut a working brewery, bar and tasting room within the Live! by Loews hotel when it opens in 2019. Guests will be able to enjoy Revolver's flagship brands, like Blood and Honey, as well as one-of-a-kind specialty beers specifically crafted for the project.  
For more information on Texas Live!, please visit www.texas-live.com. 

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