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Dickies Arena opens for business

Dickies Arena has opened its doors in Fort Worth, Texas and will host a variety of sporting, music and equestrian events.

The venue is a 14,000 seat multipurpose arena located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus.

It is also the new home to Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances.

The arena has a seating capacity of up to 14,000 for concerts; 13,300 for basketball; 12,200 for family shows and ice hockey and 9,300 for rodeo and equestrian shows.

The arena is the result of a pioneering public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the State of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations.

The partnership was approved by the voters in November 2014. The $450 million project will complement the current Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, which will continue to serve as a major equestrian show arena.

The arena will be owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by the not-for-profit operating entity, Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth

In terms of events, the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be hosted at Dickies Arena from 2020-2022, with NCAA Men’s Basketball first and second round action from 2022, and American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships from 2020-2022.

Texas Christian University’s men’s basketball program will host the University of Southern California at Dickies Arena on December 6.