Fort Worth’s new arena set for Tuesday groundbreaking

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Fort Worth officials will “let the dirt fly” Tuesday morning as the city officially kicks off construction on the new $450 million Fort Worth Multipurpose Arena.

The new arena, next to the Will Rogers Memorial Center, is a public-private partnership between the city and Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth (MAFW), the not-for-profit operating entity that will manage the new arena.

The “Let The Dirt Fly” ceremony is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Harley Avenue and Gendy Street.

The Fort Worth Multipurpose Arena is the result of a public-private partnership between the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the state of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations. The partnership was approved by the voters in November 2014. The $450 million project will complement the current Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, which will continue to serve as a major equestrian show arena. The architect of record for the project is HKS while the Beck Group is the general contractor.

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“Since Fort Worth voters gave an overwhelming mandate in 2014 to proceed forward with a new, state-of-the-art multipurpose arena, our public-private partnership has been working hard on planning, designing and financing to make this arena a reality for Fort Worth,” said Ed Bass, chairman of MAFW. “It is now time to show the citizens our progress and share our excitement for the future.”

Fort Worth Multipurpose Arena is scheduled to open in November 2019 and will bring a wide variety of programming, including concerts, family shows, sporting events, community and school events, and more. It will be the new home for Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances.