Home Plate Update September 2018 - Page 3

Arlington Backyard, a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion, is expected to host more than 250 events annually, including concerts, art shows, festivals and community events. And a flagship luxury hotel, Live! by Loews, will open there next year. “This is the beginning of something special, bringing families here seven days a week. I’m so excited about what this is going to mean for the quality of life but also the revenue that is going to come into our community,” Williams said. “There’s no doubt this is a game-changing project for Arlington and the North Texas region. And not only during baseball season, but for the entire year,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said during the grand opening celebration. “We’re changing the game with Texas Live! This will be the place to hang out, enjoy good food and listen to great music.” More exciting announcements for Arlington are expected over the coming months and years thanks to this new entertainment destination. Besides enjoying great food, dancing and drinks at the range of bars and restaurants, those who came to the grand opening were treated to a free concert at Arlington Backyard with The Toadies and Eleven Hundreds Springs. The four-day grand opening celebration at Texas Live! also included a Family Fun Day, which featured bounce houses, a petting zoo, live music, balloon art and more. Blake Cordish of The Cordish Companies – the Baltimore- based company that drew up the blueprints for Texas Live! – said his family has been in the business for four generations spanning more than 100 years, but the Texas Live! grand opening is one event his family will cherish for years to come. “There are very few days that are as exciting and rewarding as this one,” Cordish said. “This will cement Arlington as a world-class entertainment destination. This city has no peer in what it can do.” 3