CONVENTION CENTER & ARENA UPDATES
Downtown Fort Worth Growth
Because of rising demand, downtown Fort Worth needs to add more than 1,400 hotel rooms and repurpose its convention center arena, according to a report by Hunden Strategic Partners. The growth of Fort Worth's 35-block Sundance Square shopping and entertainment development, featured on ESPN College GameDay, has helped boost demand for meetings and conventions. The City has issued an RFQ for a new convention center hotel, expected to be built across the street from the convention center and near the light rail station that will connect with DFW International Airport in 2018.
Dickies Arena, which is scheduled to open November 2019, is an exceptional facility located on the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus. The arena will attract a wide variety of high-quality entertainment options to the Fort Worth area including concerts, sporting events and family shows, as well as host the month-long Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. In addition to exciting entertainment and sporting events, Dickies Arena will have the capacity to accommodate conventions, exhibit events, business meetings and private receptions with flexible meeting and event spaces ranging in size from 685 square feet to 91,315 square feet.
- A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel is anticipated for Fort Worth's historic 1930 art-deco Sinclair Building in Sundance Square. The building will convert to a 165-room hotel with basement restaurant and rooftop bar by late 2016.
-Hampton Inn & Suites is currently under construction at Commerce & Ninth Street immediately adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Fort Worth's Hickman family, who led preservation of the Stockyards National Historic District 30 years ago, has announced a $175 million development plan to enhance the area with Majestic Realty. Current plans outline proposals for public "festival districts."
- The "Marine Creek" district, adjacent to the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro restaurant and White Elephant Saloon, will house restaurants and a hotel bordering the water.
- The historic Mule Barns bordering Marine Creek will be outfitted with additional shops and restaurants.
- Additional hotel and meeting properties are being discussed for the site of the former Swiss-Armor Meat Packing Plant.
*Project timeline is TBA.
Trinity River Vision
Development along the Trinity River is currently underway with plans to make the river the backbone for evolving neighborhoods in Fort Worth. For more information, please click here.