Dickies Arena Architect Sees His Work in Action for Rodeo – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The 23-day Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo are roughly halfway through, and so far more than 100,000 people have seen rodeos at the Dickies Arena in the opening year.

There’s a VIP who got his first look at it last weekend.

“I couldn’t be happier with the buildings, and what makes me really happy is that everyone else loves the building,” said David Schwarz, the Washington-based architect who designed the $ 540 million multi-purpose arena.

The first David Schwarz project in North Texas was a private home. The first public project was the Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Schwarz shares a conversation decades ago that laid the foundation for his designs.

Schwarz went to Dickies for two concerts, but Saturday night was the first time a rodeo was in action.

“I think it looks great,” he told NBC 5n in an exclusive interview when he came into town to celebrate his 69th birthday with friends. As we walked around the bowl before the rodeo started, Schwarz revealed that Dickies is his first rodeo arena, but the mission was very clear.

“Our brief was really to build a world-class arena that would fit in with the rest of the cultural district,” he said.

Photos: Dickies Arena Architect observes the venue’s first rodeo

Dickies is located on Gendy Street in the Cultural District and just steps from the Will Rogers Memorial Center, where the 124th Year Stock Show takes place.

Schwarz says he and his team went to other rodeos in Canada and Las Vegas, but didn’t bring anything they saw to Fort Worth.

“Fort Worth has a long history of rodeo and western culture, and we felt it was very important that we be an extension of it rather than a departure from it. We really wanted to continue Fort Worth’s traditions of rodeo, horsemanship and livestock.”

The project includes a 560,000-square-foot arena, a 156,000-square-foot livestock support building, a parking garage with 2,220 spaces and a 215,000-square-foot landscaped plaza. It’s a palace built for rodeo and the fans who want to see it.

Photos: Dickies Arena Architect observes the venue’s first rodeo

“We design our buildings for people. We don’t design them for architecture critics. And what is important to me is that the people who use them love them,” said Schwarz.

In the arena bowl, Black wants people to “focus on what’s going on”. There are a lot of things in the rest of the building for people to notice. One of the things that are amazing about this building is the floors. I’ll find there are lots of rope designs here and there, stars from Texas, and the floors here are really wonderful. “

Black also hints at the native Texan grasses carved into the metal railings and carpet and dishes of the Avion and Reliant clubs for premium ticket holders.

Lack of stubbornness The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo ushered in a new era on Friday night in their brand new home, the Dickies Arena.

It is this detail that often makes a building designed by Schwarz recognizable, and there are dozens of them in North Texas.

In Fort Worth, Schwarz’s style shapes the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, Sundance Square Plaza, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Tarrant County Law Center, and his first and most popular project in town, Cook Children’s Medical Center. “And that’s because it’s the project that is changing most people’s lives.”

Other Schwarz projects include the American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco and Southlake Town Square in Southlake.

“I keep coming back because they invite me. It’s pretty simple,” he said. “I think we did enough work and spent enough time here to really understand North Texas history. And I think we tried to build buildings that would strengthen North Texas traditions.”

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