FORT WORTH, TX — Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC) Chairman Ed Bass, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and The Beck Group Chief Executive Officer Fred Perpall joined nearly 900 construction workers today to celebrate the topping out of Dickies Arena, scheduled to open in November 2019.
“We’re here today to celebrate an important milestone in the construction of this building, but even more so, we’re here today to say thank you,” Bass said. “Thank you to all of the 3,544 workers who have participated in building Dickies Arena so far. Who have contributed 1,839,564 man hours to bring us to the approximately 50 percent completion rate today.”
Perpall acknowledged the Fort Worth community’s support and the dedication of the construction team, both at Beck and with the other subcontractors on the site.
“We like to say, we can build communities by building buildings,” Perpall said. “When we’re at our best, we can build people when we’re building buildings. And I’m really proud of the work our team has done here to integrate our local Fort Worth business community. … It is truly only as a team that you can succeed.”
When Mayor Price took the stage, she highlighted the voter support in 2014 that has allowed Dickies Arena to come to fruition.
“They knew a growing city needed a beautiful arena,” Price said. “Not just for the Stock Show, but for concerts, for basketball, for graduations. You name it, we’ll have it here. … This new arena is the perfect complement for our growing city.”
After thanking the construction team for 16 months of hard work, Bass involved everyone in attendance when he signaled the raising of the final, ceremonial beam.
Dickies Arena will bring a wide variety of programming to Fort Worth, including concerts, family shows, sporting events and community events, and will be the new home of the Fort Worth Stock Show rodeo performances. The $540 million arena will complement the current Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, which will continue to serve as a major equestrian show arena.