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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – While it’s not yet clear if there will be a new baseball stadium built in Arlington, a vast, new entertainment district is indeed happening.

Construction for the first phase of Texas Live! starts the week of October 24 in between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium.

“We were obviously hoping that a few more October games would delay this for a little longer,” said Rob Matwick, 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 first phase of Texas Live! 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, according to a news release from the Texas Rangers.

“This announcement marks an important milestone for the City of Arlington, Texas Live! and its development team,” stated Mayor Jeff Williams. “The Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies are delivering exactly as announced last month in their ongoing commitment to bringing a world-class, sports-anchored destination to Arlington in 2018.”

City leaders say Texas Live! will bring more than 3,000 new jobs and three million new visitors to Arlington after it opens in 2018.

The dining and entertainment portion of the project will open in the Spring of 2018 with Opening Day and the hotel/convention facility will open in the Fall of 2018.

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