Choctaw Stadium's latest repurposed space? Coworking space
Spark Arlington, a coworking space located within Choctaw Stadium and the next step in the continued redevelopment of the space that was a Major League Baseball stadium, has officially opened.
The space is the newest coworking community from Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies, which partnered with the Texas Rangers to develop the space inside the former Globe Life Park.
“The opening of Spark Arlington represents a major step in the growth of collaborative business enterprise in the Entertainment District,” Texas Rangers Managing Partner and Majority Owner Ray Davis said a prepared statement. “It is also another example of how Choctaw Stadium has been successfully repurposed to be a vital part of the development in this area.”
Spark Arlington is part of nearly $1 billion in new development under construction in Arlington’s Entertainment District, including the Loews Arlington Hotel & Convention Center, the National Medal of Honor Museum, and One Rangers Way luxury residential building. The district includes Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium, Texas Live!, and Live! by Loews.
The new 30,000-square-foot, two-level coworking space has dedicated and non-dedicated workstations, 61 private offices, and 17 suites.
In 2019, Choctaw Stadium was reconfigured into a multi-purpose venue and has hosted various pro sports events including the XFL – which begins its season on Saturday – Major League Rugby, MLS Next Pro, and more than 100 college and Texas high school football games. It also has repurposed 200,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and now holds the headquarters for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation 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,” Arlington Mayor Jim Ross said.
Spark Coworking has other locations in Baltimore, St. Louis and Kansas City.
Ross previously told the Business Journal that Arlington has been asleep for decades when it comes to attracting businesses, but now the city is working to create its own skyline.
“There have been missed opportunities,” he said. “We are in the process of rapidly creating a foundation that will hopefully enable us not to squander away any opportunities in the future.”