September 2018 - The Arlington ISD broke ground Sept. 13 to kick off construction of its future Fine Arts Center and Athletics Complex. Key projects of the 2014 Bond program, the two state-of-the-art facilities are located next door to each other near AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured fine arts student performers and student athletes from all six traditional AISD high schools, along with a choir from Corey and Jones Academies of Fine Arts and Dual Language. Two students also took turns playing a Steinway and Sons grand piano brought out for the special day. Throughout the ceremony, AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, AISD Board President Aaron Reich and representatives from HKS Architects, Adolfson and Peterson Construction and the city of Arlington expressed their excitement for the opportunities these buildings will provide Arlington students for generations to come.
The Fine Arts Center will serve the entire district, grades prekindergarten-12, with world-class performance and demonstration venues. It will include a 1,250-seat concert hall, 425-seat theater, classroom space, art and dance studios, instrument repair center and art gallery.
The Athletics Complex will give the district its first-ever natatorium. The natatorium will include a 50-meter pool with moveable bulkheads, a diving area, warm-up pool and seating for 1,000 spectators. In addition to the natatorium, the Athletics Complex will house a 1,200-seat arena for competition wrestling, basketball and volleyball. The space will also be used for a new elementary gymnastics program.
The AISD Fine Arts Center and Athletics Complex are scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.