Dickies Arena

Andrew Greenstein

Dickies Arena Construction Hits Major Milestone

June 25, 2018 - 1:02 pm

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A major milestone for Fort Worth’s new multi-purpose arena, as the last piece of structural steel is hoisted into place at Dickies Arena.

The arena is about halfway complete and is on track to open in the fall of 2019.

In a lavish topping-out ceremony on the arena floor, Mayor Betsy Price said she can’t wait for the arena to open its doors.

“January 2020, we will be here watching the first rodeo,” says Mayor Price. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be so much fun. As fast as this has gone up, it’s going to be here long before we know it.”

The construction workers were on hand for the ceremony, and Fort Worth philanthropist Ed Bass paid tribute to them.

“(They) contributed 1,839,564 man hours work, to bring us to approximately the 50-Prevent completion point today,” Bass said in recognizing them.

Bass is leading the public-private partnership in building the arena — a fact that Mayor Price alluded to.

“No impact on our sales tax or our property tax,” Price noted. “There’s nowhere else where that can be done. Only in Fort Worth will you find partnerships like that.”

Mayor Price said the arena is something that the people of the city wanted, as evidenced by their overwhelming vote to approve it in 2014.

“They knew a growing city needed a beautiful arena — not just for the Stock Show, but for concerts, for basketball, for graduations. You name it, we’ll have it here,” Price said.

Fred Perpall, the CEO of Beck Construction, the arena’s main contractor, says he’s proud of integrating the local business community.

“I’m specifically proud that we’ve met all of our minority supplier goals, with over 16-percent of our total construction volume amongst minority business suppliers from the City of Fort Worth,” Perpall says.

Mayor Price notes that the arena is already being booked for several high-profile events.

“2020 (through) 2022 NCAA women’s gymnastics championships; 2022 (NCAA) men’s basketball first and second rounds,” Price listed.