The Dallas Metroplex is busy as new hotels sprout, older properties revamp and restaurants serve notably new dishes. Meanwhile, a convention center is expanding in Grapevine, Irving is getting a headquarters hotel and a new football training camp with meeting space has debuted in Frisco.
IN THE WORKS
• In Arlington last November, voters approved the $1 billion Rangers Ballpark Project. A new stadium, featuring a retractable roof for climate control, will replace Globe Life Park upon opening in 2020.
• The 1,511-room Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine is spending $120 million to expand. When finished, the property will have 1,811 rooms and 490,000 square feet of event space.
A new 350-room Westin hotel is being planned to serve as the headquarters for the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.
The property will have 16,000 square feet of meeting space. Ground will be broken in March, with an aim toward a winter 2018 opening.•
Opening in the fall is the Irving Music Factory,
an entertainment complex that will feature a 50,000-square-foot plaza with a stage, and 250,000 square feet of entertainment, retail and dining space, including a movie theater, a comedy club and more than 20 restaurants.Meeting Hotels:
More than 12,000 guest rooms are available, including the 431-room Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas and 410-room Omni Mandalay.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.Convention Center: Irving Convention Center;
exhibit space, 48,576 square feet; meeting rooms, 15; (866) 313-6490Airport Transit:
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, about 10 miles from Irving. Transfer cost by taxi, $33; by airport shuttle, $18Taxes:
Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%
Farm to fork is the mantra at the Ranch at Las Colinas
. Two private rooms hold 100 each, the pavilion seats 150, and management can help find the right entertainment for the group. (972) 506-7262Contact: Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau,