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City of Dallas Fair Park Administration

The Gulf Cloud restored to original bronze patina

Historic fountain was erected in 1916 in memory of Captain Sydney Smith, secretary of State Fair of Texas from 1886-1912


If you have been to Fair Park recently you may have noticed the cleaning and restoration efforts made to The Gulf Cloud fountain. It rests grandly inside Gate 4 in the open space between the Music Hall and the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Those dining at the Crystal Terrace restaurant inside the Music Hall have a spectacular view of the fountain through the high glass windows.

A masterpiece of craftsmanship, The Gulf Cloud fountain was created by Dallas sculptor, Miss Clyde Chandler, and consists of four female figures that represent the physical characteristics of Texas: Mountain is seated; Prairie is at her knee; Gulf is reclining; and Gulf Cloud unfolds in the fountain spray.

Over time the sculpture had accumulated a brown film caused by oxidation. Under the oversight of the Fair Park and Office of Cultural Affairs staff, Phoenix 1, a leading company in the restoration and construction industry, removed the patina and brought the The Gulf Cloud fountain to its original bronze sheen.

The next time you visit the park, take a moment to see the beautifully restored The Gulf Cloud fountain. Cleaned of its oxidation, it now glistens in the waters from the fountain.

We look forward to seeing 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 Information Line: 214-421-9600


Dallas Marshals

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

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

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