Mahindra Arena at the Mesa County Fairgrounds has been in use since February, but leaders will officially celebrate its opening next week.
A ribbon-cutting is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. 50. This is opening day of the Mesa County Fair.
The new arena, which is a 37,000 square foot covered and partially enclosed space, allows the Fairgrounds to host more events each year. Total project cost was more than $2.5 million.
“This arena will draw bigger and more horse shows,” said Jo Carole Haxel, Mesa County Fairgrounds manager. “The old covered arena has been booked with a waiting list every season. The new one will allow us to accommodate larger shows, which draw people to the community for more days. It’s a really good thing.”
- More than 1,255 cubic yards of concrete are under the arena.
- More than 1,600 bolts were used in the arena’s steel structure.
- The project included more than 8 miles of electrical wire.
- The fabric used for the wind screens on the south side of the arena could cover 71 king-sized beds.
At the fair, Mahindra Arena will house vendors and stage acts.
Members of the media and the community are invited to Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting, which will include comments from speakers and light refreshments.
For a great aerial shot of the new arena, click here.