Friday, July 10, 2015

Ribbon-cutting for new Mesa County Fairgrounds arena is Tuesday, July 14


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.”

Fun facts:
  • 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

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