FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thereâs no “flight plan” plan yet for Fort Worthâs convention center “space ship” to leave downtown, but thatâs what a design committee named Tuesday is tasked with charting.
The committee of elected officials, business leaders and downtown stakeholders will lead the design process expected to include adding more exhibit space, a full catering kitchen, underground parking and a building that connects better with the rest of downtown.READ MORE: Gang Member, North Texas Sex Offender Added To State's 10 Most Wanted Lists
Itâs a projected $430 million facelift on the half-century old facility. The cost will be a wash according to city officials, with the increase in revenue from more bookings.READ MORE: Dallas County Sheriff Needs Help Identifying Truck Involved In Hit & Run With Deputies
âPeople love meeting here,â said Visit Fort Worth president Bob Jameson. âAnd weâre responding to, not diminished demand. We are responding to pent up, unmet demand.â
The increase in space could nearly double bookings, and increase attendance to more than 1.2 million.MORE NEWS: Man Charged In Burning, Dismembered Bodies Case, Jason Thornburg Admits He Killed Another
Eliminating the arena, known for itâs spaceship-like look, has been talked about for years but became a real option when the new Dickies Arena opened in late 2019.