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Tower Promenade is latest addition to Will Rogers Memorial Center facilities

Posted Jan. 7, 2016

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Businessman Ed Bass describes improvements planned for the Will Rogers Memorial Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Tower Promenade and Cattle Barn 2. Others attending included District 7 Councilmember Dennis Shingleton, City Manager David Cooke, Mayor Betsy Price and Public Events Director Kirk Slaughter.

If you’re planning to visit the 120th Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo this month, be sure to mosey over to Cattle Barn 2 to see the Tower Promenade, the newest addition to the Will Rogers Memorial Center complex.

Located between Cattle Barns 1 and 2, the arched pedestrian thoroughfare will provide visitors easy access between parking lots and the site of the future Multipurpose Arena to the Will Rogers complex.

The 300-foot-long passageway is the latest addition to the facilities that host the Stock Show and numerous other events. With the completion of the Multipurpose Arena scheduled for 2020, the Tower Promenade will ultimately channel thousands of visitors between the complex’s event facilities.

In addition to the promenade, Cattle Barn 2 now features improved lighting, ventilation and electrical enhancements as well as a spacious and a comfortable milking parlor. Improvements have been made to the Stockman’s Cafe, hallways and restrooms, including Americans with Disabilities Act compliance upgrades, wider walkways and other visitor convenience features.

Upgrades to Cattle Barn 2 will enhance the usefulness of the iconic structure for the Stock Show and improve equine accommodations during non-Stock Show months. These changes are the most significant improvements since the barn’s construction in 1948.

The project is a $15.4 million public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

Renovations for the remaining livestock facilities (Sheep, Swine, Cattle Barns 1, 3 and 4) are planned for future years.

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