Entertainment and sports. And just having an arena in the WRMC complex just for rodeo purposes doesn't fly.
I'm not saying we should build the next United Center, but 12k is a bit low, don't ya think?
A pause may be in order.
While it is understandable to get carried away about the prospects of entertainment and sports by the mere mentioning of an arena in the study; IMO, the study was not ever intended to address either of these prospects.
The more prominent aspect of the study is the recommendation for new hotels and hotel expansions to accommodate conventioneers who come to the city from out of town. The additional hotel rooms are used for conventioneers and the entourage associated with a convention; and who will dine and shop in the CBD/city. A new entertainment or sports venue do not call for additional hotel rooms.
For Fort Worth, 12-13K is probably the right size as the ideal convention facility should be specifically tailored to offer close proximity and sight line for the conventioneers and other such purposes that require connectivity. The better prospect is that Fort Worth will be getting new vertical hotel structures, jobs and greater exposure. But getting public support beyond the immediate needs of the conventioneers and the economic impact from new construction so as to construct a larger arena than what is needed will be nearly impossible to jump over.
Fort Worth CVB is likely aiming for something as has the City of Long Beach, CA: