Fort Worth officials celebrated a milestone on Monday, when a topping out ceremony was held for Dickies Arena.
Currently under construction in Fort Worth, the 14,000-seat Dickies Arena is being designed to host rodeo and other events. It already has a major sporting on its calendar, as it will host first and second round action of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The project is reported to be 50% complete, and Monday was marked by the hoisting of the final piece of structural steel. Dickies Arena is currently expected to be completed in late 2019, and is slated to host a major rodeo event in January 2020. More from the Star-Telegram:
“In January 2020, we will be here watching the first rodeo. I can’t wait,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “It’s going to be so much fun. As fast as this has gone up, it’s going to be here long before we know it.”
“This new arena is the perfect compliment for a growing city … it will now be the beacon on the hill. If you haven’t noticed, you can see the dome from all over the city,” Price said. “What an impact it will have on our booming city.”
The $540 million arena is a being built in partnership between the city of Fort Worth and Event Facilities Fort Worth, a private group led by Fort Worth billionaire Ed Bass that has benefited the Fort Worth Stock Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The city’s portion of the project, approved by voters by special referendum in 2014, is capped at $225 million.
Construction began in February of 2017. The Beck Group is the general contractor. The facility is expected to be completed in late 2019, in time for the January 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be hosted at Dickies Arena beginning in 2020.