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Construction Starts on Fort Worth Convention Center

By Amy Durham

Fort Worth Convention Center
A rendering of the Fort Worth Convention Center || Courtesy of the City of Fort Worth

The first phase of the $701 million Fort Worth Convention Center expansion began in August. The initial upgrades will address back-of-house facilities, including the introduction of refreshed food-and-beverage areas. As construction alters the existing structure’s footprint, the now-curved Commerce Street will be straightened, adding three additional blocks to the area. The new space will host a yet-to-be-announced hotel and additional loading docks.

The second phase of the expansion project is set to modernize the customer-facing facilities. The annex building currently on-site will be removed, and existing spaces will be refreshed. Construction will add 97,000 square feet of exhibit space, 48,000 square feet of new meeting room space, and a spacious 50,000-square-foot ballroom.

Opposite the convention center, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel is undertaking a $200 million expansion project of its own. The updates will bring the guest room total to 1,018 and add an extra 50,000 square feet of meeting space. Both expansion projects are set to be completed in 2026.