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Renovated facilities unveiled at Will Rogers Memorial Center

Posted Dec. 12, 2018

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Renovated cattle and poultry barns are set to welcome exhibitors to the 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Stock Show Chairman Ed Bass and other dignitaries cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Cattle 1 and boultry Barns at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) on Dec. 10.

This is the second of a four-phase plan to renovate the frequently used livestock facilities at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Besides their use during the Stock Show, the facilities host and accommodate other horse and livestock shows throughout the year. The Phase II project, which encompasses the Cattle 1 and Poultry barns, has a cost estimate of $16 million that’s being borne evenly between the City of Fort Worth and the Stock Show.

Most significant is the relocation of the popular Stock Show dining destination, the Stockmen’s Café. The modern dining facility adds another feature to attract additional events and equestrian competitions to WRMC which, in turn, benefits the local economy. Visitors will also find significant improvements in lighting, ventilation and aisle space throughout the buildings. Modern and enlarged restrooms as well as larger lobby spaces will better accommodate growing Stock Show crowds.

The estimated economic impact of the Stock Show to the Fort Worth area is approximately $170 million, with roughly $3 million generated annually in local tax revenue.

Other equestrian competitions are hosted by WRMC throughout the year for the National Cutting Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, National Reined Cowhorse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club and other livestock organizations. These activities generate significant revenue to the City of Fort Worth through rental fees, hotel occupancy fees and sales taxes paid by exhibitors coming to Fort Worth from across the nation. The WRMC hosts a wide range of events and activities virtually 365 days a year.

2019 Stock Show coming up

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of exciting rodeo action, awesome food, shopping, livestock and equestrian competitions, carnival/midway entertainment and an experience you’ll always remember during 23 fun-filled days — Jan. 18-Feb. 9 at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, call 817-877-2420 or visit the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo website.

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