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Apr 10

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Rodeo Arena opens after renovation

The Longview Rodeo Arena at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex is opening following a major renovation project.
A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, at the Longview Rodeo Arena, located at 100 Grand Blvd. The first event in the renovated facility will take place on Saturday, April 14, with Dalton Days, hosted by the Gregg County Historical Museum.
The arena is a PRCA-approved facility with seating for approximately 5,000. During the renovation, the arena received new stadium seats, new lighting, and a new announcer’s booth. Additional parking surrounding the arena was also added. The renovations were funded by the City of Longview. Gregg County provided in-kind assistance of materials and labor for the parking lot improvements.
The City of Longview closed the arena in October 2011 after an engineering review noted several structural deficiencies. The rodeo arena was constructed at its current site during the 1980’s, but the stadium grand stands had been in use for several previous decades as the former Longview Lobo football stadium.
According to Activity Complex Manager Dixie Golden, “In 2011 there were seventeen events in the rodeo arena. So far, nine events have already reserved for 2012, with several additional groups expressing interest.”
For more information about the Longview Rodeo Arena or the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, call 903-237-1230 or visit MaudeCobb.LongviewTexas.gov.

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