The Texas Rangers announced that the club has named veteran sports facility management and construction development executive Jack Hill senior vice president, project development.
Hill, who was instrumental in the construction of then The Ballpark in Arlington (now Globe Life Park in Arlington) in the early 1990's, will oversee the construction management and development of the new Rangers' ballpark to be built just south of the existing facility.
The design for a new ballpark, which is scheduled to open for the 2020 season, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months as well as provide a premiere baseball experience. The new park is expected to have similar design concepts featured in the construction of Globe Life Park.
Hill, who also managed the construction of American Airlines Center in Dallas and AT&T Stadium in Arlington locally, also will work with The Cordish Companies as the Texas Live! development evolves and will be involved in other Rangers' projects, including the repurposing of Globe Life Park in Arlington.
"There is no one more qualified to manage the construction of our new ballpark than Jack Hill," said Rob Matwick, Rangers executive vice president, business operations. "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."
Hill joined the Rangers' organization in August 1991 as vice president, ballpark development and served as the principal development manager for a $191 million project, which included The Ballpark in Arlington, a 140,000 sq. ft. (13,006 sq m) office, building, and a youth sports park. The project was completed on time and on budget when it opened in April 1994.
From 1995-98, Hill was the vice president of development for Hammes Development Corporation and was centrally involved in the planning of Miller Park in Milwaukee. He was the principal manager for Hillwood Development while managing the construction project for American Airlines Center from 1998-2002. Hill then spent three years as associate superintendent of construction for the Dallas Independent School District.
In 2005, Hill joined Blue Star Development and the Dallas Cowboys and spent the next five years overseeing the construction and development of Cowboys Stadium. Once the $1.2 billion multi-purpose facility opened in 2009, he oversaw all operations of the building for its first three years.
Most recently, Hill was project executive for the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Levi's Stadium, a $1.3 billion sports and entertainment facility, opened in July 2014 and served as the site of Super Bowl 50 last February.
Overall, Hill has spent more than 35 years in the construction and development industry. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for many years.
The design phase of the Rangers' new ballpark is under way with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2017.