A portion of what is now known as Choctaw Park, the former home of the Texas Rangers, is set to be used as shared office space for a company that works with entrepreneurs.
Spark Coworking will offer shared space on the second and third floors of the center field area of what used to be known as Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers moved across the street to Globe Life Field following the 2019 season, the 26th in that facility.
Since the Rangers’ departure, the facility has been converted into a venue focusing on sports and entertainment. It has hosted such diverse events as high school graduations, soccer tournaments, and XFL football games.
Last August, it was officially renamed Choctaw Stadium as part of a naming rights partnership between Choctaw Casinos and Resorts and the Rangers.
Spark, which also has locations in Baltimore, Kansas City, and St. Louis, is expected to open its office space of approximately 32,000 square feet later this year.
The main focus of Spark is to provide budding entrepreneurs with workspaces and furnished offices. The scope of businesses it works with includes nonprofits, startups, and companies with innovative concepts.
Spark’s presence in Choctaw Field will include 17 suites, 61 office spaces and meeting rooms, and a community kitchen.
Developing office space into a co-working center is just the latest component of the planned 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex known as Texas Live. The Rangers are co-developing it with Cordish Companies, a Maryland-based company.
The Rangers’ efforts in seeking out additional revenue streams by building out the area surrounding the stadium follow in the footsteps of other baseball teams.
Most notably, The Battery Atlanta is located close to Truist Park, the current home of the Atlanta Braves. The Rangers are also following the models of Wrigleyville in Chicago and Ballpark Village in St. Louis.
Since the development of Choctaw Park began, the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau has moved in and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has shifted its global headquarters into the former stadium.
In addition to the use of Choctaw Park, Texas Live development will continue to take place just south of Interstate 30 near AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Texas Live already opened the Live by Loews hotel in 2019, with the construction of the Loews Arlington Hotel & Convention Center getting underway last October. In March 2022, work began to build the National Medal of Honor Museum.
Another major project there will be a luxury apartment complex known as One Rangers Way, which is expected to open in 2024. It will offer retail space and close to 300 apartments, with an estimated cost of around $250 million.