FWCVB press release
New multi-purpose pavilion approved to provide covered arena
After completing over $60-million in renovations over the past four years, the Fort Worth City Council approved construction of a new Multi-Purpose Pavilion to further enhance the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
The $4.7-million project is planned to begin in early March and should take approximately 7-8 months to complete. The 145’ x 300’ Pavilion will comfortably accommodate a 125’ x 250’ covered open-air arena with covered access to the Richardson-Bass Building and the John Justin Arena. Its central location on the north side of the Richardson-Bass Building will provide a prime venue for exhibitor exercise and warm-up or an additional competition arena when needed.
The Will Rogers Equestrian Center currently offers three climate-controlled competition arenas, six indoor arenas and two outdoor arenas, so the new Multi-Purpose Pavilion will further enhance the complex’s world-class amenities and bolster its position to attract many of the largest and most prestigious world and national level equestrian events. The additional covered arena will also support the option to host more than one major event concurrently.
“We have been very fortunate to complete some much-needed improvements to our complex over the last few years,” said Kirk Slaughter, Public Events Director for the City of Fort Worth. “This project will provide an amenity that all of our equestrian events will appreciate and utilize year-round and support our mission to bring top equestrian events to Fort Worth.”
The Pavilion will also offer flexible space for outdoor exhibitions, additional horse stalling capacity, covered parking or even a banquet setting when the arena is not needed.
Established in Fort Worth in 1936 to house events near downtown and in the Cultural District, the Will Rogers Memorial Center attracts more than two million visitors a year. It is host to an extensive variety of cultural, educational, recreational and sporting events and has become a premier destination for national and international equestrian events.
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