Enhancements expanded at location of NCHA’s Triple Crown

Press release provided by Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum

By early summer, the new Equestrian Multi‐Purpose Building will be completed and available for upcoming equestrian shows. The building and connected improvements to the Equestrian Garage will provide two indoor 100’ x 200’ exercise arenas on the upper level with large flat‐screen monitors to keep exhibitors connected to show results and class schedule and over 700 Priefert metal stalls on the lower level. Another impressive feature of this project is the metal canopy running the full east side of the Richardson‐Bass Building and connecting the John Justin Arena to the new stalling areas and exercise arenas.

In the final stages of the construction, the expanded tunnel system is being completed to connect the new building to all three show arenas and primary stalling barns. This unique feature will provide an efficient conduit for moving cattle between buildings and a dry passageway for exhibitors and their horses during inclement weather.

Another hallmark of the Will Rogers Memorial Center is the inclusion of public art in all building projects. We are situated amidst some of the most architecturally significant museums in the country, so it is vital that all buildings be well‐designed and constructed and include public art. The new Equestrian Multi‐Purpose Building is no exception. Artist Mike Mandel, who was selected by the Fort Worth Arts Commission, will be completing his equestrian‐themed porcelain and glass mosaic tile murals this spring on the east and west faces of the building.

While this $32 million construction and infrastructure improvement campaign at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center is almost complete, additional improvement projects have been approved for completion this year. Last week, we completed the expansion of the Burnett Exercise Arena, located adjacent to the entrance to the Will Rogers Coliseum, from the original size of 60’ x 120’ to now 120’ x 120’ which will make this arena a much more useful warm‐up and make ready area for showing in the Coliseum. We will have the ability to replace the stalls that were displaced by the arena expansion based on the individual show’s needs.

On March 6, 2012, the Fort Worth City Council approved the construction of a $2.8 million full‐service R.V. park conveniently located in the North Richardson‐Bass parking lot and work has already begun. Approximately 104 spaces are planned and will include sewer and water hookups and the option of 30‐amp or 50‐amp electric service and will be completed this summer. During this project, all trailer and recreational vehicle parking will be relocated to other existing areas. Additionally, the utilities will be portable to allow the entire lot to be converted for vehicle parking.

Established in Fort Worth in 1936 to house events near downtown and in the Cultural District, the Will Rogers Memorial Center now attracts in excess of 2 million visitors each year. This 105‐acre facility plays host to an extensive variety of cultural, educational, recreational and sporting events and has become a premier destination for national and international equestrian events. www.willrogersmemorialcenter.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION: David Reeves (817) 392‐8160, david.reeves@fortworthtexas.gov