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He’s back: Rangers tap project veteran Jack Hill for new stadium

Jack Hill, who was instrumental in the construction of the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington and the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, is now the Rangers’ senior vice president for project development.
Jack Hill, who was instrumental in the construction of the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington and the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, is now the Rangers’ senior vice president for project development. Star-Telegram archives

Jack Hill, who was instrumental in overseeing construction of the Ballpark in Arlington and the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, was named senior vice president for project development for the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

In his new role, Hill will oversee construction management and development of the baseball team’s new $1 billion retractable-roof stadium, which won overwhelming voter support in the Nov. 8 election for the city to provide up to half its funding.

In addition to climate control for hot summer days and sudden thunderstorms, the new ballpark is expected to feature architectural concepts similar to those of the Rangers current home, Globe Life Park.

“There is no one more qualified to manage the construction of our new ballpark than Jack Hill,” Rob Matwick, the team’s executive vice president for business operations, said in a statement. “Jack had a huge role in the construction of Globe Life Park in Arlington and has had a major impact in the building of many successful sports facilities projects over the last 25 years. The Rangers are very happy to have him on board.”

The Rangers organization first hired Hill as vice president of ballpark development in August 1991, when he took the lead role in developing The Ballpark in Arlington (Globe Life’s original name), along with a 140,000-square-foot office building and a youth sports park.

“The project was completed on time and on budget when it opened in April 1994,” the statement said.

Hill also will work with The Cordish Cos. on developing the $250 million Texas Live! entertainment complex and luxury hotel to be built next to both the new stadium and Globe Life Park, and will be involved in the repurposing of Globe Life and other Rangers projects, the statement said.

Hill, who also managed construction of the American Airlines Center in Dallas, served as vice president for Hammes Development Corp. and had a lead role in planning Miller Park in Milwaukee. He was also project executive for the San Francisco 49ers’ $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium, which opened in 2014.

Hill also served three years as the Dallas school district’s associate superintendent of construction.

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST

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