Officials expect to see Arlington’s Choctaw Stadium ‘full’ after gaining space during redevelopment
Petrina Bonnick-Higgins can’t wait to move her business out of her home office.
The former Acari Management Group project manager is no stranger to Arlington.
“Now, with this remarkable opportunity that has been presented to me…I am able to transition from my home office into an office space,” she says.
Bonnick-Higgins received a year of free access to Spark Coworking, the new office space announced at Choctaw Stadium. Executives from Cordish Companies, which led the redevelopment of the Entertainment District, and Spark presented him with a plaque and announced the new space on Wednesday morning.
Spark Coworking plans to open a 30,000 square foot space over two floors featuring private offices, a shared coworking space and a host of hospitality amenities. Arlington Stadium marks the fourth location for the coworking venture, which launched in Baltimore in 2016.
Shared office space passes start at $15 per day, according to the coworking space’s website. Spark Coworking offers more expensive options for workstations and private office space, as well as 24-hour access to the building.
“It will be magic for the city,” said Zed Smith, chief operating officer of Cordish Companies. “We will grow businesses. We will bring energy to the Arlington economy. There will be entrepreneurs with big ideas coming out of Spark here in Arlington.”
Mayor Jim Ross says he was impressed when he visited Spark’s Baltimore location and anticipates the space will be popular for creatives and entrepreneurs.
“Notice me, you heard it here first, this place is going to explode. You’re going to see it full in a few minutes and they’re going to be looking for more and more space to go.”
The Entertainment District is in the midst of an $810 million Phase Two redevelopment effort by the city government, Cordish Companies, Texas Rangers and Loews Hotel and Co. to create more attractions where the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys play ball.
Choctaw Stadium, formerly Globe Life Park, was reincarnated as an ancillary sports and event venue after Globe Life Field opened in 2020. The former baseball stadium hosted professional football and soccer tournaments XFL professional, as well as high school diplomas.
Spark is the third office space to open at Choctaw Stadium, behind Six Flags World Headquarters and the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Development has resumed in the entertainment district in recent months. Construction of the National Medal of Honor Museum is slated for completion in 2024, as is construction of an 888-room hotel and convention center connected to Texas Live! and life! by Loews.
In May, Cordish Companies and the Texas Rangers announced One Rangers Way, a 300-unit luxury apartment complex near Choctaw Stadium and the convention center. The apartments are expected to open in 2024, according to the resort’s website.
Ray Davis of the Texas Rangers told media and business owners Wednesday morning that they can expect more announcements of new district attractions.
“Knowing some of the things we’re working on, today won’t be our last announcement,” Davis said.
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