The Cordish Companies and Texas Rangers Celebrate Grand Opening of Spark Coworking in Arlington Entertainment District
Collaborative coworking community, Spark Arlington, will serve as a central hub for local entrepreneurs, creators and innovators to locate and grow their businesses
Spark Arlington opens its doors with incredible momentum and 23 inaugural member companies
Located within Choctaw Stadium, Spark continues the commitment by the Rangers, Cordish and City of Arlington to repurpose the former Globe Life Park into a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cordish Companies and Texas Rangers are proud to announce the opening of Spark Arlington, a collaborative workspace for local entrepreneurs, creators and innovators to locate and grow their businesses. Yesterday, executives from Cordish and the Rangers were joined by Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, members of Arlington City Council, and community and business leaders from Tarrant County and the City of Arlington to celebrate this exciting milestone.
"The opening of Spark Arlington represents a major step in the growth of collaborative business enterprise in the Entertainment District," said Texas Rangers Managing Partner and Majority Owner Ray Davis. "It is also another example of how Choctaw Stadium has been successfully repurposed to be a vital part of the development in this area. I want to thank the City of Arlington and The Cordish Companies for their partnership in the planning, construction, and completion of this project, which will have a huge impact for years to come."
Spark Arlington is the newest coworking community for The Cordish Companies which launched its flagship location, Spark Baltimore, in the heart of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, in 2016. In partnership with the Texas Rangers, Spark Arlington continues the momentum of nearly $1 billion of new development under construction in the Entertainment District that includes the forthcoming Loews Arlington Hotel & Convention Center, National Medal of Honor Museum and One Rangers Way luxury residential building. Spark Coworking now supports over 250 companies and 1,200 members in its thriving communities in Baltimore, St. Louis, and Kansas City, and now Arlington. Like its sister properties, Spark Arlington is committed to becoming an integral part of Arlington's growing business community with a focus on economic development and providing first-class amenities and start up resources to its members.
"When we opened the doors of our first Spark Coworking in the Baltimore ecosystem seven years ago, our mission was to be a catalyst for advancing entrepreneurship to support growing startups and businesses through creative space and community," said Shervonne Cherry, Director of Partnerships and Community for Spark Coworking. "Spark is more than just a place to sit down and plug in your laptop – we are a community designed to spark innovation and provide a concierge-focus approach to our members with first-class amenities, network and resources. It's incredible to see how fast Spark Arlington has become a vital part of the Arlington entrepreneurial ecosystem, welcoming over 20 inaugural member companies before officially launching"
Spark Coworking supports and builds community for local entrepreneurs, startups and like-minded corporations, and also provides economic development at a city and state level. Spark aims to advance entrepreneurship and technical innovation through creative space, network, and community members, allowing them to ignite ideas that transform into successful companies and organizations. Member industries across Spark's nationwide community include Advertising, Architecture, Automotive/Transportation, Bio Tech, Cyber Security, Design, EdTech, Financial Tech, Government, HealthTech/Wellness, Marketing/PR, Non-Profit, Publishing, and Software/Mobile Development. Spark Arlington has incredible momentum and will open its doors with 23 member companies in place including:
- ANKR Agency
- BGD Digital Marketing
- Done Staffing
- Drinks 2 Order
- Estrada Habatim Holdings
- Higgins & Thornton Consulting Services
- Hurtado BBQ
- Lone Star Drones
- McClelland Law
- Michael Dailey Companies
- National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation
- Office of Rep Roger Williams
- Office of Tony Tinderholt
- One Rangers Way
- Park Place Power
- Rodriguez & Associates Financial Services
- Scudder Storycraft
- VanDella Menifee
Located within Choctaw Stadium, Spark will support Arlington's growing entrepreneurial community placing members within close proximity to neighboring businesses and amenities in the Entertainment District including Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium, Texas Live!, Live! by Loews and the forthcoming Loews Arlington Hotel & Convention Center, National Medal of Honor Museum and One Rangers Way residences.
The 30,000-square-foot, two-level space will offer dedicated and nondedicated workstations, 61 private offices, 17 suites, top-of-the-line services and hospitality-focused amenities including:
- Workspace and balconies with incredible views of Globe Life Field and Choctaw Stadium's repurposed infield
- 24/7 access to member workspaces
- Conveniently located district parking
- Furnished private workspaces and suites
- Branded office signage and on-site digital signage
- Access to a community kitchen, member café and lounge spaces
- On-site AV equipped meeting rooms
- Dedicated high-speed internet
- Dedicated mailbox address and concierge mail services
- Unlimited access to print, scan, copy center and Shred-It boxes
- Online reservation system for AV-equipped meeting rooms
- Nitro Cold Brew Coffee and tea bar
- Onsite podcast studio
- Dedicated mother's room and wellness space
- Access to online community communication platform
- Dedicated on-site community manager and ecosystem networking support
- Access to special programs and exclusive member events, perks and discounts
Spark Arlington continues the commitment by the Rangers, Cordish and City of Arlington to repurpose the former Globe Life Park into a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility. In 2019, Choctaw Stadium was reconfigured into a multi-purpose venue. Since that time, it has hosted various professional sporting events, including the XFL, Major League Rugby, and MLS Next Pro, more than 100 college and Texas high school football games and numerous entertainment events. Spark Arlington is the latest entity to locate in the repurposed 200,000 square feet of commercial and retail space within Choctaw Stadium. Other tenants include the Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, which relocated its world headquarters to the facility in 2020, and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"Our economy is strong here in Arlington, and opportunities for economic prosperity and job growth for our residents will only grow stronger when small business owners and entrepreneurs have the environment to flourish. We are grateful to our partners, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies, for bringing this innovative, collaborative workspace to our community," Arlington Mayor Jim Ross said. "We are looking forward to seeing new and existing members of our business community achieve their American dream here at Spark Arlington."
For more information on Spark Arlington, please visit http://www.spark-arlington.com/.
About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies' origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies' Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. Welcoming over 55 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest-profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family's core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter.
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About The Texas Rangers
In 2022 the Texas Rangers are celebrating their 50th anniversary since the franchise moved from Washington, D.C. to Arlington, Texas for the 1972 season. The Rangers have advanced to postseason play eight times since 1996, winning seven American League West Division titles and advancing to the World Series in 2010 and 2011. In 2020, the Rangers opened beautiful Globe Life Field, which is not only the team's home but also a multipurpose sports-and-entertainment venue that includes capabilities for hosting numerous local, regional, and national events. The $1.25 billon facility includes a 5.5-acre retractable roof, which provides for maximum comfort of guests throughout the year. The Rangers organization has also been instrumental in partnering with the City of Arlington, The Cordish Companies, and Loews Hotels & Co. on the development of the Arlington Entertainment District into a world-class sports-and-entertainment destination. Rangers Baseball Express LLC became the sixth owner in Rangers history when it completed purchase of the club on August 12, 2010.
About Spark Coworking
As a catalyst for advancing entrepreneurship and technical innovation, Spark Coworking aims to provide entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators with community and creative space – allowing ideas to ignite and transform into successful companies and organizations. Spark offers the unique pairing of hospitality and entrepreneurship by featuring concierge-style amenities and entrepreneur-focused support, with membership options that range from mailbox memberships and dedicated desks in shared workspaces to private offices and custom-built office suites. Spark is located in three up-and-coming startup hubs: Spark Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, Spark Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri and Spark St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, visit www.sparkcoworking.com.
About Choctaw Stadium
Since its opening in 1994, Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Park in Arlington) has been the site of numerous major sports and entertainment events, including the 2010 and 2011 World Series, the 1995 MLB All-Star Game, and live concerts featuring Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. Home to the Texas Rangers for 26 seasons (1994-2019), Choctaw Stadium was reconfigured to a multi-purpose venue in the fall of 2019. Since that time, it has been the site of XFL pro football, USL League One pro soccer, Dallas Jackals Major League Rugby, more than 75 college and Texas UIL high school football games, and numerous other entertainment events. Choctaw Stadium includes nearly 200,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space and is the home of the corporate headquarters of the Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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