The Coliseum

123 E. Exchange - 1908

  • The Coliseum
    The Coliseum
  • The Coliseum at Night
    The Coliseum at Night

Historic Designations:

Located within Stockyards National Register Historic District
Recprded Texas Historic Landmark
State Archaeological Landmark
Located within City of FW Stockyards Historic District
City of FW Highly Significant Endangered Landmark


In 1908, the Fort Worth Stock Yards Co. constructed this coliseum to house the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.  Its construction was financed in part by the Swift and Armour meat companies.  The Coliseum served as the site of the first indoor rodeo in 1917.  The building is rectangular in plan and is constructed of brick covered by natural gray stucco.  The structure has a Mission Revival Style and features a one story arcade across the front.  The north and south facades feature one large arched window.  Below this window is the word "Coliseum" and the year "1908" in stucco relief.  These walls are also adorned with Mission Style parapets.  The east and west walls feature rectangular and arched windows.  Buttresses adorn these walls, as well.  A glazed monitor roof extending the length of the interior provides natural light to the arena.  The building was restored in 1986 by the City of Fort Worth. Elvis Presley performed here four times in the years of 1955 and 1956. It is also known as the Cowtown Coliseum and the Northside Coliseum.


Architectural Style:
Mission Revival

Berkley Brandt, Fort Worth

Texas Building Co., Fort Worth

Public Arena