Ford Arena, Ford Exhibit Hall and Ford Midway opened in Fall 2003, with Ford Arena selling out its inaugural event. The 8,500 seat multi-purpose Ford Arena is the home to ABA Southeast Texas’ Mavericks. The Arena also hosts concerts, rodeos, circuses, motor sports, ice shows and many other special events. There’s always something going on at Ford Arena! Ford Exhibit Hall has 48,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and is attached to the Arena, offering a combined 83,000 sq. ft. of contiguous space. The Exhibit Hall includes eight individual meeting rooms, 11,000 sq. ft.of lobby/pre-function space, a full-service kitchen for catering, concessions and restrooms. Ford Midway is home to the YMBL-sponsored South Texas State Fair, which draws an attendance of over 400,000 a year. With 9 acres of paved midway, there is plenty of room for festivals, fairs, and rodeos. Structures in Ford Midway include a 45,000 sq. ft. practice arena, over 25,000 sq. ft. of covered barn space and a dedicated parking area.