Formerly known as the Tarrant County Convention Center, the Fort Worth Convention Center is an indoor arena and convention center situated in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. The convention center was designed by five Fort Worth architects, namely Herman E. Cox, Preston M. Green, Hueppelhueser &White, Morris Parker, and the firm of Sowden, Wilson, Patterson, Epperly, and Dunlap. The convention center is a part of a renewal project during the late 1960s. It opened in September 1968, and since then, the convention center has been the host of several sporting events and concerts. That is why in this article, we are going to list down the most notable popular acts that performed at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
- June 15 and 16, 1974 – Elvis Presley completed an afternoon and evening show on each day at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Elvis Presley previously performed on the same venue on June 18, 1972. The King of Rock returned on June 3 and July 3, 1976.
- May 3, 1976- Paul McCartney and Wings kicked off the North American leg of their Wings Over the World tour at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
- November 3, 1976, and July 7 and 8, 1977 – Iconic rock band Eagles performed three sold-out shows at the Fort Worth Convention Center as part of their 1976-1978 Hotel California Tour.
- February 27, 1977 – The convention center was selected as the first location of the Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1977. However, the start of the tour got delayed, and it was rescheduled and held in the same venue on May 22, 1977.
- May 1, 1977 – Legendary rock band Pink Floyd chose the Fort Worth Convention Center to be one of their In the Flesh Tour venues.
- November 23 and 24, 1987 – British rock band U2 performed two sold-out shows at the convention center as part of their Joshua Tree world tour. Some parts of the second show were filmed. It even appeared in the documentary of the tour entitled “Rattle and Hum,” a documentary of the tour.
- June 28, 1979 – The Bee Gees started their Spirits Having Flown Tour at the convention center. Some parts of their show were filmed for The Bee Gees Special, which aired on NBC later that same year.
- May 9-10, 1997 – The Metallica concert video entitled Cunning Stunts was filmed at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and it is towards the end of their tour called Poor Touring Me tour.
- January 25, 1974 – Bob Dylan’s highly successful and iconic 1974 “comeback tour” was held here. Dylan played two more shows there in May 1978 and November 1978.
- June 24, 1972 – Some part of the concert movie of the Rolling Stones entitled Ladies and Gentlemen was filmed at the arena on June 24, 1972. The said performance was also the part of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 Tour of America.
- September 15 & 16, 2018 – World-renowned South Korean group named BTS performed two concerts at the Fort Worth Convention Center as part of their Love Yourself Tour.
- May 8, 2019 – The South Korean girl group named Blackpink held a show here at the convention center as a part of their Blackpink In Your Area World Tour.
Popular Sports Event that Happened at the Fort Worth Convention Center
- Texas Chaparrals (ABA) (1970–1971)
- Fort Worth Fire (CHL) (1992–1999)
- Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL/CHL) (1997–2006)
- Fort Worth Cavalry (AFL) (1994)
- Fort Worth Flyers (NBA D-League) (2005–2007)
From 1970 to 1971, the Fort Worth Convention center was the venue for the home games of the Texas Chaparrals. At some point, the convention center also became the home of San Antonio Spurs. It also became the home of the Fort Worth Brahmas and Fort Worth Fire ice hockey teams. From 2005 to 2007, the Fort Worth Convention Center became the home of the Fort Worth Flyers.
Aside from that, a tennis tournament called The Davis Cup Final chose the Fort Worth Convention Center as their official venue back in 1992. The said event saw the United States overthrow Switzerland.