What's our convention center like? Just imagine a Texas-sized slab of wide-open sky wired with the latest high-tech infrastructure and draped in elegant decor. It's our downtown centerpiece, surrounded by red brick streets, four downtown hotels and the razzle-dazzle of Sundance Square.
But when someone says, "Our meeting's in Fort Worth," be sure to ask where. They could mean downtown at the convention center. Or Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Cultural District. Or at Cowtown Coliseum in the historic Stockyards. Or at a nearby dude ranch. Or at the zoo. Or on a steam train. Or in Casa Manana's geodesic dome theater. Or in the Botanic Gardens. Or downtown in front of a 30-foot mural of thundering cattle. You get the picture, right? Just be sure to ask.
In Fort Worth there's a place for every group, large or small, business or pleasure.
The variety and flavor of Fort Worth are reflected in the city's facilities. From the newly renovated convention center in the heart of downtown to the meeting rooms of suburban hotels, planners find facilities run on the principles of service and flexibility. Meeting the needs of visitors, offering value and making folks feel right at home are how this city hones its competitive edge.
The 200,000 Square foot center encompasses a 14-city block area, with eight of thos blocks under one roof and all within walking distance of some of Fort Worth's finest hotels. Directly adjacent, private parking facilities can accomodate 3,300 cars.
East and West Exhibit Halls: The East Exhibit Hall can be divided into one or two variably sized halls with 25-foot ceilings, unlimited floor load, modern rest rooms and first-aid rooms. The West Exhibit Hall has the same amenities as the East Exhibit Hall, but allows more flexibility by being divided into one, two or three separate exhibit halls.
Arena: The 26,000 square foot arena has 14,000 upholstered seats, and the ticket office is equipped for computerized ticket sales. Six permanent concession stands help make activities more enjoyable, and our complimentary Press Suite is equipped with a kitchen and a rest room.
Theatre: Continental seating consists of 2,000 orchestra seats with 1,000 balcony seats. The carpeted lobby has complete interior box office that also is equipped for computerized sales. There are patios off the orchestra floor, as well as off the balcony, for intermissions.
Will Rogers Memorial Center sits on 85 acres in the heart of our Cultural District. Dubbed "The Acropolis of America's Southwest," it attracts in excess of two million people a year by facilitating an extensive variety of cultural and recreational events.
Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Building: The Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Building has 100,000 square feet of exhibit space and houses the Texas Room, which seats 10,000 for banquets, has a 21-foot ceiling, electrical and phone outlets every 15 feet, and four full concession stands. The center also offers the Round Up Inn, a banquet and meeting hall that seats 2,000 and has a permanent stage.
Will Rogers Auditorium: The 3,000-seat auditorium was recently re-furbished and features excellent acoustics with unique art deco architecture.
Will Rogers Coliseum: This facility features one of the world's most famous rodeo competitions during the Fort Worth Stock Show and sporting events year-round. The coliseum has permanent seating for 6,000 spectators and for 8,000 with seats on the arena floor.
Will Rogers Equestrian Center: The Will Rogers Memorial Center also houses a world-class equestrian center - one of the largest and most modern livestock facilities in the world, with more than 1,000 permanent stalls and a 2,000 seat arena. This center is made up of three major buildings: the Richardson-Bass Building (215,000 square feet), the Burnett Building (197,000 square feet), and an attached 761-car parking garage. The two main buildings are connected by an enclosed tunnel and shielded routes for moving livestock.
The Texas! Exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo: An outdoor plaza accommodates 1,000-plus, and the Yellow Rose Saloon recreates the Old West with seating for up to 300. Call 817-871-7050
The Botanical Garden and Conservatory: A small lecture theater seating 242, a demonstration garden and a number of meeting rooms - all in a picturesque setting. Call 817-871-7678
Billy Bob's Texas: The world's largest honky-tonk is great for small-group visits, or the facility can be rented out for groups of up to 6,000. The building covers seven acres, houses its own indoor rodeo, has two dance floors and 25 bars. Call 817-624-7117
Cowtown Corral: Indoor arena, miles of horseback riding trails, over 2,000 acre equestrian park and party room seats up to 300. Call 817-625-4271
Stockyards Station: The Stockyards Corral covered pavilion can accommodate up to 2,000, and is excellent for outdoor dining and entertainment. The Cattleman's Club can hold 500. The Station itself is a converted market and shopping area. Call 817-625-9715
Livestock Exchange Building: This historic office building offers a number of unique meeting venues, both indoor and outdoor, for small groups of up to 2,500. Call 817-624-4741
The Tarantula Train: With its 1890 steam locomotive and turn-or-the-century passenger cars, the excursion train holds 240 people (60 per car). Trips are approximately 45 minutes between the South Depot and Stockyards Station. Call 817-763-8297
Water Gardens: Adjacent to the convention center and can accommodate 50 to 5,000 in a unique, well-lighted area that features water displays and fountains. Call 817-871-7275
Chisholm Trail Plaza: The Chisholm Trail Mural in Sundance Square, downtown, provides the perfect backdrop for large outdoor gatherings. Call 817-390-8711
Caravan of Dreams: Downtown in Sundance Square. This live-music club seats up to 450; theater seats 200. Call 817-877-3000
Casa on the Square: Home to live performances, this theater setting in Sundance Square seats approximately 100. Call 817-332-3509
General Worth Square: An outdoor plaza adjacent to the convention center and the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Call 817-336-8791
Cowtown Colisiem: Direct contact with the Old West. Built in 1908, it was the site of the world's first indoor rodeo. In 1986, the 2,400-seat facility was renovated and air-conditioned. Perfect for rodeos, Wild West entertainment and special events. Call 817-625-1025
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