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What does it take to construct a world-class arena?

Posted July 3, 2018

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construction crew looks up at the construction inside the arena
The final roof truss is hoisted into position at the $540 million Dickies Arena. (Photo courtesy of Austin Industries)

Dickies Arena is more than halfway completed, and the 14,000-seat multipurpose facility is well on its way to opening in late 2019. Here are some facts about the work completed so far:

The team

  • Approximately 1,839,564 man hours have been worked on the project so far.
  • 3,544 workers have participated onsite.
  • 800-900 workers are currently onsite.

The structure

  • 2,200 tons of structural steel, equal to the weight of approximately 11 Boeing 747-400s.
  • 1,000 concrete piers support the foundation.
  • 8,800 tons of metal rebar.
  • 87,000 yards of structural concrete.

The building materials

  • 1.3 million bricks.
  • 550,000 concrete blocks.
  • 10 miles of HVAC pipe.
  • 41 miles of plumbing pipe.
  • 710 miles of electrical wiring.
  • 1.2 million pounds of ductwork covering 14 miles.

Dickies Arena is the result of a 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 overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2014.

Public funding is capped at $225 million with no increase in property, sales or hotel occupancy tax rates, and no impact to the city’s operating funds and debt capacity. The arena will be financially self-sufficient, with no public money going toward operations or maintenance.

Dickies Arena was named as a host for the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball first and second rounds. Additionally, Fort Worth will be the host city for four years for NCAA women’s gymnastics championships, beginning in 2019. The event will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center for the first year and will move to Dickies Arena in 2020 for the remaining years.

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