JUN 2012

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Home FOR T WOR T H Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase East Fort Worth & DFW Airport Area Just east of downtown, the city of Arlington is a growing meeting's destination that has welcomed a number of new venues in recent years. "We are one of the few des- tinations with a convention center, NFL stadium, theme park, water park and bowling museum all within two miles of each other," said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a very compact city…lots to see and do." The new $78 million College Park Center opened in February at the University of Texas at Arlington. The 218,000-square-foot events arena will provide a home court for the university's basketball and volley teams and will also provide the city a signature facility for high-profile events, conferences and entertainment. According to Burress, the Arlington Convention Cen- ter was just refreshed with interior updates, and a con- nector was added between the facility and the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. The center is located in the heart of the Entertainment District near Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the largest water park in America. Housed within the center are a 48,600-square-foot exhibit hall, 30,000-square-foot ballroom and twelve meeting rooms. According to Director of Sales and Marketing Karen Gillingham, the American Airlines Training and Confer- ence Center recently completed renovations in the lobby, CR Smith Library and its Americana Ballroom. "Guest room corridors also have new carpet and paint, and flat screen TVs have been installed in the guest rooms," she added. The facility offers 75 training and conference rooms in various sizes and configurations and also provides unique offerings such as a team-build- ing ROPES course and seven aircraft simulators. The Hilton Arlington, Sheraton Arlington and Mar- riott Dallas/Fort Worth Airport South are all centrally located near entertainment venues in the city and can ac- commodate groups of more than 500. The Crowne Plaza Suites Arlington is also available for smaller groups of 200 or less. The Hurst Conference Center is located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in the city of Hurst, just 10 minutes from downtown Fort Worth and DFW International Airport. The facility opened in 2010 and offers 50,000 square feet of event space including a boardroom and outdoor area with cozy fireplaces and a relaxing water feature.■ The Hurst Conference Center Sundance Square Named after the Sundance Kid in western folk- lore, it is a popular place for nightlife and enter- tainment in Fort Worth and for tourists visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The area in- cludes numerous hotels, restaurants, condos, lofts, shops, museums, bars, clubs, movie theatres, performing arts, concerts and festi- vals throughout the year. The former down- town Woolworth's Building, as well as Burk Burnett Building, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ■ Roarin' Good Times In South Fort Worth Just south of downtown, the cities of Granbury, Glen Rose and Grandview offer a small town, relaxed alternative with all the big-city amenities of Fort Worth just a short drive away. The new Granbury Resort Conference Center has achieved an "excellent" score from visitors on TripAdvisor and offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space. A white sand beach is also available that sits adjacent to a wraparound boardwalk. Best known as "Dinosaur Capital of Texas," the city of Glen Rose is a popular tourist destination with numerous family attractions including Dinosaur Valley State Park, Di- nosaur World and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is located on 11,000 acres in the foothills of Glen Rose, offering a serene setting for groups of 125 or less. The property houses the Fort Worth Conference Center and offers horse- back riding, ATV rides and many other outdoor activities. Beaumont Ranch in Grandview offers quaint bed and breakfast accommodations along with numerous facilities for meetings and events. The Bluebonnet Barn offers the Beau Monde café and an elegant atmosphere for groups via 15,000 square feet of space. The Texas-styled Lone Star Barn is another option for events and can accommodate 1,000 people. From February through November, visitors can enjoy a fish fry, live music, danc- ing, a mechanical bull and plenty of other recreational option in the evenings. ■ Roar! Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, Texas, has over 150 life-size dinosaurs on display. Visitors can also sift through sand like a paleontologist at the mock dig site for authentic fossils such as amber, shark teeth, and ammonite! 48 www.con v Fort Worth CVB ko H tsru oC refn ecne eC retn aiv caF obe

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