Pavilion, a high-tech
music venue operated by Live Nation.
This space will be
capable of converting from a 4,000-seat
concert hall to an
outdoor amphitheater. The complex will
include an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Marketplace (available for corporate events), a
comedy club, more than 20 restaurants and a
50,000-square-foot plaza for other event staging. Completion is scheduled for late summer
The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, a 275,000-square-foot, LEED Silver-cer-ti;ied, state-of-the-art facility that offers more
than 100,000 square feet of meeting space,
will soon have an attached Westin brand hotel
with 350 guest rooms and 16,000 square feet
of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-
foot ballroom. Construction will begin next
summer and be completed by the end of 2018.
“Irving’s vision for a visitor district will be
completed with the hotel as its ;inal piece,”
says Maura Gast (MPI Dallas/Fort Worth
Chapter), executive director of the Irving CVB.
“The Irving Convention Center was the initial
anchor, the Irving Music Factory with its Live
Nation amphitheater and collection of restau-
rants is the second piece and the headquar-
ters hotel is the third. This easily accessed,
pedestrian-friendly, 40-acre district will pro-
vide a wide range of entertainment and dining
options to ;ill free nights on the convention
schedule, as well as to provide an excellent
venue for opening or closing night events.”
Plano is buzzing with a building boom that
will have an exciting impact on its hospitality
A multimillion-dollar renovation to the
Hyatt Place Dallas/Plano was completed this
spring, focusing on guest rooms and public
areas. The 127-room hotel offers 790 square
feet for meetings and gatherings. Another
venue with intimate meeting space (520
square feet), the Fair;ield Inn & Suites Dallas
Plano North, opened in January.
But that is only a little taste of what is on
the horizon for Plano.
In July, the $2.8 million “lighten and
brighten” renovation of the Plano Centre
began, with completion scheduled for May
2017. Improvements include new paint, new
carpeting, lighting ;ixtures, bathroom luxury
elements and extensive AV upgrades.
be completed. The following year will see the
addition of a ;ive-star Langham Hotel as well
as a Hyatt Regency hotel connecting to Stonebriar Centre mall. The Hyatt is slated to provide at least 295 guest rooms, 35,000 square
feet of meeting space and a small space for the
city’s public library. The completion of these
developments will add a total of more than
1,400 hotel rooms to Frisco’s already growing
Also under construction is an expansion of
Toyota Stadium to house the National Soccer
Hall of Fame, adding new offsite event space
for up to 600 guests.
Dr Pepper Ballpark has completed space
updates to accommodate private meetings
and events and offer groups a variety of unique
experiences, including batting practice on the
;ield and the Choctaw Lazy River.
The already-massive Gaylord Texan Resort
& Convention Center in Grapevine unveiled
$120 million expansion plans in September.
This huge move, expected to be completed in
early 2019, will add a new tower with more
than 300 guest rooms and 86,000 square feet
of meeting space.
Located in the heart of the DFW Metroplex,
minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International
Airport, Irving has its own Dallas Area Rapid
Transit light-rail station that connects it to the
region. There, construction has begun on a
multi-use, 250,000-square-foot entertainment
complex, the Irving Music Factory at Las Colinas. The $173 million project will contain The