Fort Worth Convention Center
|Fort Worth Convention Center|
Exterior of convention center, c.2008
|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|
($39.5 million in 2016 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. Approved in 1967, over 14 city blocks (previously known as "Hell's Half Acre") were demolished to make way for the new facility. Opening 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, it was proposed by the city to demolish the aging arena for an additional meeting space.
On November 23rd and 24th 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) (1970–71)
- Fort Worth Fire (CHL) (1992–99)
- Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL/CHL) (1997–2006)
- Fort Worth Cavalry (AFL) (1994)
- Fort Worth Flyers (NBA D-League) (2005–07)
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.
- Fort Worth Convention Center Website
- World Class Memories: VIRTUAL WCCW TOUR - FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER
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