Fort Worth Convention Center
|Fort Worth Convention Center|
|Address||12 Houston St|
Fort Worth, TX 76102-6432
|Location||Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth|
|Owner||City of Fort Worth|
|Operator||Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Opened||September 30, 1968|
($44.7 million in 2021 dollars)
|Tarrant County Convention Center (1968-97)|
|Banquet/ballroom||4,210 (Water Garden Events Plaza)|
3,544 (FWCC Ballroom)
|13,500 (FWCC Arena)|
|• Exhibit hall floor||227,613 square feet (21,145.9 m2)|
|• Breakout/meeting||58,849 square feet (5,467.3 m2)|
|• Ballroom||109,120 square feet (10,138 m2)|
The Fort Worth Convention Center (formerly known as the Tarrant County Convention Center) is a convention center and indoor arena located in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. The complex opened on September 30, 1968, and was expanded in 1983, 2002 and 2003.
The complex was proposed by county officials in 1961 as a competitor to the Dallas Convention Center and approved in 1967. Over 14 city blocks (previously known as "Hell's Half Acre") were demolished to make way for the new facility that opened in 1968. The building is noted for the indoor arena, resembling a flying saucer. In 1997 the City of Fort Worth purchased the facilities and properties, changing the complex's name to the Fort Worth Convention Center. In 2000 the JFK Theatre was demolished to make way for the Water Garden Events Plaza. In 2014 the city proposed to demolish the aging arena for an additional meeting space.
In January 2020; plans to demolish the Convention Center's arena were confirmed by Fort Worth's City Council; which in addition to the arena's demolition also included straightening Commerce Street, building a 1,000 seat hotel and adding over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space; with groundbreaking intended for 2022 or 2023.
Elvis Presley performed there on June 18, 1972. He returned for two dates on June 15 and 16, 1974, doing an afternoon and evening show on each day at the arena. He returned again on June 3 and July 3, 1976.
February 27, 1977 was selected as the first date of the Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1977 at the arena, but that tour was delayed in starting. The rescheduled Fort Worth date was May 22, 1977.
On November 23 and 24, 1987, U2 performed two sold-out shows as part of their Joshua Tree tour. Parts of the second show were filmed and appeared in the feature film "Rattle and Hum", a documentary of the tour. The song "When Love Comes to Town" featuring B.B. King was prominent in the film.
- Texas Chaparrals (ABA) (1970–1971)
- Fort Worth Fire (CHL) (1992–1999)
- Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL/CHL) (1997–2006)
- Fort Worth Cavalry (AFL) (1994)
- Fort Worth Flyers (NBA D-League) (2005–2007)
- North Texas Bulls (AAL) (2021–)
For a time in 1970–71, it hosted home games for the Texas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. At another time, it was the temporary home of the San Antonio Spurs. During the 1990s, the building was home to the Fort Worth Fire and Fort Worth Brahmas ice hockey teams, as well as the Arena Football League's Fort Worth Cavalry. From 2005 to 2007, it was home to the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League.
The 2018 National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) held their 30th annual National Championships at the convention center.
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