Slated for fall 2018, Texas Live! is a $1.25 billion, 200,000-square-foot mixed-use district featuring dining, entertainment, and scheduled for spring 2019, the $150 million Live! by Loews hotel. The upscale 302-room property anchoring the development will offer a 35,000-square-foot convention center annex to support the Arlington Convention Center, a block away. The Texas Rangers’ new retractable-roof ballpark is scheduled for spring 2021.


Following a $225 million redevelopment, the landmark Statler Hilton has a scheduled fall 2017 reopening as the Hilton-flagged Statler Hotel and Residences, offering 159 hotel rooms and 20,000-plus square feet of meeting and event space.

Built by Anheuser Busch founder Adolphus Busch in 1912, the 407-room Adolphus Hotel wraps its $40 million makeover this year. The hotel now offers 27,700 square feet of space, plus a new spa and rooftop pool and City Hall bistro restaurant.

Slated for 2019, the new $80 million Virgin Hotel will offer 200 “chambers” plus plentiful event space in the Design District.

Featuring 600-plus original artworks, it’s “Andy Warhol meets Alice in Wonderland” at the new 237-room boutique Lorenzo Hotel (, opened late last year two blocks away from the convention center.


Groundbreaking took place in April 2017 on the $500 million-plus Dickies Arena on the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus. Scheduled for January 2020, the 14,000-seat, multifunctional venue will feature nearly 87,000 square feet of meeting space.


In July 2017, Omni Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel. Located at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ multiuse World Headquarters and Training Facility complex, the sleek tower, designated the “official hotel of the Dallas Cowboys,” offers 24,000 square feet of flexible space with amenities that include The Edge pool deck and bar.

Additional hotels under construction include Hotel Indigo and Drury Inn and Suites Dallas Frisco, both opening in 2017, while properties from Langham Hotels & Resorts and Texas boutique brand Hotel ZaZa are planned for the Wade Park development in 2018.

Slated for completion at press time, the 330 all-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa recently renovated its rooms and connected to the 90,000-square-foot Frisco Convention Center.  

Set to open by late spring 2018, the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium will feature 100,000 square feet of renovated space, including additional premium seats and a private club.


Targeting completion in early 2018, Gaylord Texan Resort began a $120 million expansion that includes a new 30,000-square-foot ballroom, 30,000 square feet of breakout space and 26,000 square feet of prefunction space.

Wisconsin-based Stand Rock Hospitality announced plans to build a $330 million, 1,020-room resort with 190,000 square feet of amenities that include meeting space, dining outlets, spa, indoor and outdoor waterparks, and more.

DFW International Airport arrivals will have enhanced access to Grapevine in 2018, when anticipated completion of the 27-mile TEXRail commuter rail will connect the airport’s Terminal B to Grapevine Main Street Station in six minutes.  


The long-anticipated Irving Music Factory is scheduled to open this Labor Day weekend. Adjacent to the Irving Convention Center and a soon-to-come Westin hotel, the $173 million entertainment-anchored development will feature The Live Nation Pavilion, a uniquely configurable 8,000-capacity indoor-outdoor concert hall and amphitheater; 50,000-square-foot event plaza; 20-plus restaurants; and eight-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Breaking ground in March 2017 and projected for late 2018, the $113 million Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel will complete the 40-acre convention district, with 350 rooms and 16,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, cocktail lounge and coffee bar.

Construction began in July 2017 on the boutique, “Texas-style” 144-room Valencia Texican Court Hotel. Across from the convention center, the project, with meeting space, is targeting completion by fall 2018.


The 90-room TownePlace Suites Dallas Mesquite is scheduled to open in November 2017 across from the Mesquite Convention Center.


Slated to open at mixed-use Legacy West this fall, Legacy Food Hall is a premiere new 55,000-square-foot culinary and entertainment experience, featuring a food hall with some 22 stalls from DFW-area chefs and artisans, half a dozen bars and the Box Garden beer garden, created from repurposed shipping containers and anchored by an outdoor event stage.

Opened in June 2017, the new 304-room Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West includes 16 suites and 31,000 square feet of space.

Greater Houston



Opened in December 2016, the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Houston joined the 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston as the George R. Brown Convention Center’s second skywalk-connected headquarters hotel. The $370 million project includes nearly 154,000 square feet of total meeting and event space, including 52 meeting rooms, and at 39,716 square feet, Houston’s largest ballroom. Plus it offers event lawns and an amenity deck overlooking Discovery Green park, with an infinity pool and Texas-shaped lazy river.