Ford Park

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Ford Park
Ford Arena Beaumont Texas June 2014
Location5115 Interstate 10 South
Beaumont, Texas, 77705
Coordinates30°0′35.6″N 94°10′51.2″W / 30.009889°N 94.180889°W / 30.009889; -94.180889Coordinates: 30°0′35.6″N 94°10′51.2″W / 30.009889°N 94.180889°W / 30.009889; -94.180889
OwnerJefferson County, Texas
OperatorSMG
CapacityArena: 9,737
Pavilion: 14,000
Construction
Opened2003
Construction cost$75 million[1]
ArchitectLong Architects, Inc.
General contractorAllco Construction LLC.

Ford Park is a 221-acre multi-purpose park, arena, exhibit hall, pavilion, midway, and fields located on I-10 South in Beaumont, Texas. The park opened in 2003. It is the home of the South Texas State Fair. Jefferson County and the Southeast Texas Ford Dealers agreed to $1.25 million over a five-year period in exchange for naming rights.[2]

Facilities[edit]

  • Ford Arena seats 9,737 people. The arena hosts concerts, rodeos, circuses, motor sports, ice shows and many other special events. It was also the former home to several professional teams including the Oxford City FC of Texas (formerly the Texas Strikers) of the Major Arena Soccer League, the Southeast Texas Mavericks ABA franchise, Beaumont Drillers of the NIFL, and the Texas Wildcatters of the ECHL.
  • Ford Exhibit Hall is a multi-purpose hall for exhibits, boat shows, and more. It has 83,000 feet (25,000 m) of space. The hall includes a 48,000 sq ft dedicated exhibit floor, an 11,000 sq ft lobby/pre-convention space, 8 meeting rooms, 6 loading bays, concession stands, and restrooms.
  • Ford Fields are 12 softball/baseball fields. Infields are all-weather. Each field has covered seating with protective netting. Also included are 1,000 onsite parking spots, concession stands, and restrooms
  • Ford Midway is a 9-acre (36,000 m2) midway for fairs and carnivals, and other large outdoor events. The midway includes a 44,660 sq ft covered, enclosed practice arena. Also included is dedicated parking and restrooms
  • Ford Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater, seats 14,000 people. The pavilion includes 2 star dressing rooms, 2 supporting act dressing rooms, 3 production offices, 7 loading bays, a catering/crew room, parking, restrooms, and concessions.[3]

There is also an RV park on the site, the Gulf Coast RV Resort. In addition, there are eight meeting rooms and a regional visitors center.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Wallach (October 4, 2016). "Ford Park to get new manager, county decides". Beaumont Enterprise. Hearst Newspapers II, LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2016. The park cost $75 million to build, with $42 million in outstanding debt. Final payment is supposed to be made by 2025.
  2. ^ David Broughton (November 24, 2003). "Ford Park means arena, ballfields and more for Beaumont, Texas". American City Business Journals. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  3. ^ [For conventions and exhibitions "Ford Park Entertainment Complex"] Check |url= value (help). Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2019.

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