Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth and Dickies® announce naming rights deal at Arena groundbreaking


Less than an hour after the surprise naming rights announcement at Dickies Arena “Let The Dirt Fly” ceremony, MAFW broke news of major future events at the venue.


Dickies Arena was named as a host for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds. Additionally, Fort Worth will be the host city for four years for NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, beginning in 2019. The event will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center for the first year and will move to the new arena in 2020 for the remaining years.


Homan said:

Together with the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University and our partners at Knight Eady, we are excited to announce that Dickies Arena was selected to host multiple major NCAA events.


The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships are the second and third announced events at the venue, with Dickies Arena having already been announced as the new home to Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances beginning in 2020.


Chris Del Conte, TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, said:

This is another testament to the fantastic partnership that TCU has with the City of Fort Worth. Now, with the new Dickies Arena coming to fruition, Fort Worth is an incredibly attractive host site for many NCAA Championships, which will certainly benefit TCU student-athletes, coaches and fans.


Chalese Connors, Director of Athletics, Texas Woman’s University, said:

Texas Woman’s is excited to once again serve as the host institution for this prestigious national championship. With our experienced partners from Knight Eady Sports Group and the Fort Worth CVB, we know that the student-athletes and their fans will enjoy the best in NCAA women’s collegiate gymnastics in a highly competitive and thrilling environment. We’re honored to help bring this event back to Texas.


The Fort Worth CVB was recognised nationally for hosting the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in 2015 and 2016.


2022 will mark the first time since 1970 that Fort Worth has hosted NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament games.


Bob Jameson, President and CEO of the Fort Worth CVB, said:

Fort Worth is a great sports city. With TCU, this incredible new arena and our incredible Sundance Square downtown, we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for sports fans.


David Knight, CEO of Knight Eady Sports Group, said:

Our team at Knight Eady is honoured to host the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championship in 2019-2022 and welcome the top collegiate women’s gymnastics programs to Fort Worth. We look forward to partnering with Texas Woman’s University, the Fort Worth CVB and the NCAA to provide an exceptional and memorable experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans.


About Dickies Arena

Arena seating capacity:

  • Concerts: Up to 14,000
  • Basketball: 13,300
  • Family shows and hockey: 12,200
  • Rodeo & equestrian shows: 9,300


Images, courtesy: MAFW / Dickies Arena


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