Distrito T-Mobile

Distrito T-Mobile (initially developed as District Live!) is an entertainment and retail district complex located adjacent to the Puerto Rico Convention Center, part of a redevelopment of the Convention Center area that initially had opened in 2005. Distrito T-Mobile is 476,000 square feet complex of entertainment, dining, and shopping. It has 10 eateries, an 8-screen movie theater featuring IMAX, a 177 room Hotel, 2 Live Music venues, an outdoor performance plaza and an urban park featuring a zip line and a maze.

Distrito T-Mobile
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Restaurants at Distrito T-Mobile
LocationPuerto Rico Convention District
Coordinates18°27′18″N 66°05′31″W / 18.455°N 66.092°W / 18.455; -66.092Coordinates: 18°27′18″N 66°05′31″W / 18.455°N 66.092°W / 18.455; -66.092
Address250 Convention Boulevard
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Opening dateAugust 14, 2021 (2021-08-14)
DeveloperPRISA Group
ManagementASM Global
OwnerGovernment of Puerto Rico
No. of stores and services15
Public transit accessB21, C53, ME (AMA)
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

Initially known as District Live!, Distrito T-Mobile is part of a planned Puerto Rico Convention Center District (master planned by Sasaki Associates). The main project was the Aloft hotel with 177 rooms, and a music hall which can seat 6,000 visitors, as well as a Caribbean cinema.[1] The Puerto Rican government selected Starwood, under its Sheraton flag, to operate the reported $209 million facility, known as the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.[2] With these two hotels and others in the area, the district now has 1,762 hotel rooms available for visitors.[3]

The District came as part of the Puerto Rican Government's plan to develop the areas surrounding the Puerto Rico Convention Center and add more tourist attractions that can bring visitors regularly to the area. The original plan was announced in 2016 by then governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla who hailed it as a Public-Private Partnership where the Puerto Rican Government would give access to the land but the developing of the facilities would fall completely on private hands, while the Puerto Rican Government kept a 30% share on the project. Construction began that very same year with an expected opening date of 2019[4][5][6]

In March 2020, wireless carrier T-Mobile US reached a 10-year naming rights deal, naming the complex Distrito T-Mobile. The agreement includes the provision of phone charging stations, and special benefits for T-Mobile subscribers (such as reserved parking spaces and other offers). It is the company's first naming rights agreement outside of the continental United States.[7][8][9] The district held its grand opening in August 2021.[10]

The Distrito was going to host New Year's Eve festivities on December 31, 2021, which were expected to attract at least 10,000 spectators, and feature a performance by Daddy Yankee at the Popular Plaza stage. It was announced that coverage from the events, including the Daddy Yankee performance and midnight celebrations, was going to be featured on ABC's New Year's special Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, marking the special's first-ever broadcast from Puerto Rico.[11][12][13][14]

Popular Plaza (whose naming rights are owned by Banco Popular) serves as one of the main plazas of the district, which features an outdoor stage and multiple restaurants, including the sports bar Arena Medalla, Barullo Taberna Española, La Burgesía, La Central by Mario Pagán, Denko Asian Eatery, Dulcinea Ice Cream & Churros, Lupe Reyes, Pudge's Pizza, and Sazón Comida Criolla.[14] The Coca-Cola Music Hall is an indoor events venue, designed primarily as a concert hall with a capacity of 5,000. The hall is also capable of hosting other types of indoor events.[15]

The district features a Caribbean Cinemas "VIP" theater with a restaurant and bar, food service, seven IMAX screens with ScreenX, and one Caribbean Cinemas Extreme (CXC) screen with a 4K projector and Dolby Atmos sound system.[16] ToroVerde Urban Park is a family entertainment center which features a food court, arcade, virtual reality experiences, a climbing wall (promoted as being the tallest in the Caribbean), and ziplines across the district.[17][18]

It also features a 177-room Aloft Hotels location, the chain's first in the Caribbean.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PR Seeks to Develop Business, Entertainment Sector". December 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino". Marriott International.
  3. ^ "Hotel Projects Shape up Here and Abroad". 13 December 2019.
  4. ^ ""District Live" en el Centro de Convenciones". WAPA. 2016.
  5. ^ "Development of 5-acre hospitality and entertainment district in San Juan, Puerto Rico announced". Chambers and Partners. November 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "COMIENZA CONSTRUCCIÓN EN PUERTO RICO DE DISTRITO DE ENTRETENIMIENTO DE CLASE MUNDIAL". IN Puerto Rico Magazine. October 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "T-Mobile anuncia será socio fundador de El Distrito". Metro PR. March 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "T-MOBILE LE PONE APELLIDO AL DISTRITO". Sin Comillas. March 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "Presentamos Distrito T-Mobile: T-Mobile fortalece su compromiso en Puerto Rico con inversión de 10 años en nuevo centro de entretenimiento". T-Mobile. March 3, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Journal, Newsroom, The Weekly. "Distrito T-Mobile Celebrates Grand Opening". The Weekly Journal. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  11. ^ Haring, Bruce (2021-10-07). "'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest' Will Offer Spanish Countdown From Puerto Rico". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  12. ^ "Esperan unas 10,000 personas en el evento de fin de año en el Distrito de Convenciones". Primera Hora. December 16, 2021.
  13. ^ "Puerto Rico para el mundo: Gran bienvenida al 2022". Primera Hora. December 16, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Puerto Rico compartirá sede con Times Square en la transmisión de fin de año con el "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"". El Nuevo Dia. October 7, 2021.
  15. ^ "Distrito T-Mobile Celebrates Grand Opening". The Weekly Journal. August 18, 2021.
  16. ^ "Anuncian apertura del nuevo Caribbean Cinemas VIP en el Distrito T-Mobile". Metro PR. June 30, 2021.
  17. ^ "ToroVerde Opens Urban Park in T-Mobile District". The Weekly Journal. July 6, 2021.
  18. ^ "ToroVerde Opens Urban Park". Distrito T-Mobile. 2021.

External linksEdit

  • [1] (in Spanish)