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City of Dallas Fair Park Administration

There's a new Marshal in town

Fair Park Coliseum becomes home to Champions Indoor Football team


2018 will be another significant year of programming and events at Fair Park

One new addition will be the Dallas Marshals Professional Arena Football Team who will play their entire 2018 season in the Fair Park Coliseum.

The Dallas Marshals are members of the Champions Indoor Football league (CIF). There are ten other teams besides the Marshals in the league including teams from North Dakota, New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa.

Owner, Bruce Badgett; General Manager, Floyd Smith; and Coach Larry Hendrix have as their mission, “to bring high quality, family fun, and affordable professional football to the fans of the Dallas Metroplex.”

The Dallas Marshals also plan to work with local schools like Lincoln and James Madison High Schools promoting the organization’s Entrepreneurship/Collegiate Programs. And they plan to partner with HS Thompson Elementary, Billy Earl Dade Middle School, and other area schools to encourage students to read and stay in school.

The Fair Park Coliseum has a rich history of special events dating back to the 1959 National Finals Rodeo. We welcome the Dallas Marshals Professional Arena Football team to Fair Park and to the Coliseum.

We look forward to seeing you at the games, and as always, to visit the variety of programs and events we have planned for you this year.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600


Dallas Marshals

Thank you for your Bond Program vote

Repairs and improvements are coming to Fair Park buildings!


Earlier this month, the voters passed all of the propositions in the 2017 Bond Program for the City of Dallas. The $1.050 Billion program included $261,807,000 for the Park and Recreation Department with another $50,000,000 designated for Fair Park.

These funds will significantly advance our park system providing much needed improvements to our parks, trails, and recreation centers.

The resources earmarked for Fair Park will in many ways transform our campus buildings, museums, and facilities. The Hall of State, a celebrated and historical presence at Fair Park will get a long-awaited cleaning and restoration of the exterior of the building along with additional mechanical and electrical repairs, ADA improvements and other necessary repairs. The Music Hall, the African American Museum, Texas Discovery Gardens, Magnolia Lounge, the Aquarium Annex, and former Science Place, all outstanding and popular structures at Fair Park, will each receive essential repairs and improvements with these funds.

We are extremely grateful to Dallas voters who enthusiastically supported the 2017 Bond Program. We take their acknowledgment of and interest in Fair Park seriously and we will do everything in our power to use the funds responsibly in order to continue our efforts to make this amazing park a place of wonder, entertainment, fun and leisure for long years to come.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing here you soon!

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour English Information Line: 214-421-9600


1994 World Cup

Visit the new Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center

55,000-square-foot facility to meet growing needs of State Fair agriculture, education programs


Earlier this month, we opened the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center which we are proud to showcase to visitors attending this year’s State Fair of Texas.

The 55,000-square foot venue is available for year-round use as we continue to expand our programming and premiere events. The second floor of the Center provides meeting space as well as ballroom and banquet hall space. This amazing new facility offers exciting opportunities for meetings, conventions, and significant gatherings for groups across the metroplex.

Named in honor John W. Carpenter, Sr., former president of Texas Power and Light; Dolph Briscoe, Jr., former two term Governor of Texas; and Ben W. Carpenter, prominent Dallas businessman and rancher, the new Center recognizes and extends their profound impact on agriculture in Texas.

In addition to the City of Dallas and the State Fair of Texas, major donors include: Cele and John W. Carpenter, III; the Harold Simmons Foundation; the Stemmons Foundation; Errol McKoy; and Jim Prewitt.

We hope you will take time to visit the new Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center while you are at the State Fair.

See you at Fair Park soon.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour English Information Line: 214-421-9600


 Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center

Will Fair Park be a 2026 FIFA World Cup site?

An announcement of the 2026 host country is expected by FIFA in June 2018


Soccer is an international phenomenon that in last several years has become one of the most popular team sports in the world. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is the world’s largest single sporting event held every 4 years. The event has a global cumulative televised audience of over 26 billion and an estimated economic impact for one host city projected to be between $300-$500 million according to the Economic Research Associates’ economic impact study completed in 2009 for the 2018 World Cup Games.

The World Cup was played in the United States for the first time in 1994 and included six matches played at our own Cotton Bowl Stadium. Fair Park also housed the International Broadcast Center for six months and hosted 10,000 media representatives. Coming soon, the world will turn its eyes to the 2026 World Cup which will be the largest to date. Soccer federations from Canada, the United States of America and Mexico have formed the United Bid Committee and is submitting a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Morocco is the only other country invited to submit a bid by March 2018 to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

In October, the United Bid Committee named a short list of 32 cities for hosting potential soccer matches that include 4 Canadian cities, 3 Mexican cities and 25 US cities. Dallas is one of the cities on the Bid Committee’s short list that includes Houston, Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas, and others. Both the Cotton Bowl Stadium and the AT&T Stadium are included in the bid. Besides the matches, each City will host a FIFA Fan Fest for 30 days and one City will be selected to house the International Broadcast Center.

An announcement of the 2026 host country is expected by FIFA in June 2018. Once that announcement is made, the final cities to host World Cup matches will be determined.

Stay tuned for more World Cup announcements. Come and see us at Fair Park.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour English Information Line: 214-421-9600


1994 World Cup

Images of the future ... from the past!

During the State Fair of Texas, look and learn from our historic murals


The 2017 State Fair of Texas will soon be here, arriving September 29 and running through October 22.

Amid the crowds of fairgoers, the busy food booths, the popular and active Midway, stand the original 1936 murals in the porticos of the Centennial Building at Fair Park.

These transportation-themed murals, depict future travel in both airplanes and space ships. They were painted over in the 1940s only to be rediscovered by researchers looking at old photos of the original paintings. They were restored in the early 1990’s and remain well preserved.

It is fascinating to see these futuristic depictions of space travel. Since they were painted, man has landed on the moon. Our fascination with space continues, especially NASA’s Mars rover landing in 2012, and NASA’s Orbiter Mission, launched in 2013. These projects have made space travel an ongoing interest in millions of space enthusiasts.

Throughout the year at Fair Park our various museums and Fair Park programming have a variety of learning and educational events, activities, and programs for children, youth, and adults. They all seek to educate and inspire. All of them provide opportunities to learn about the links between science, nature, space, and history.

We hope at this year's State Fair of Texas you and your family will take time to visit our museums, take in the vast murals and their futuristic images, and explore the educational opportunities during all the fun and excitement of the fair..

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour English Information Line: 214-421-9600


Fair Park Centennial Building mural