Possible Expansions On the Way to The Horseshoe Arena in Midland

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The economic boom has been good to the Midland Horseshoe Arena and now they're reaping the benefits. Just last year, over $24 million was brought into the county, thanks to all of the events at the arena. So now, they're going to build off that momentum by expanding the arena.

Commissioner for Precinct 2 Robin Donnelly explains what kind of impact it would have.

"We do measure the effect the necessities of these types of facilities by what economic impact comes to Midland, so yes, it would have a large impact," Donnelly said.

Gary Vandergriff with Vandergriff Architects in Midland says with more people coming to the area, they want to be able to meet the demand of providing different venues.

"The number of shows per year continue to grow and trying to coordinate the schedule between a dirt event such as rodeo arena type of event to a flat floor such as trade shows or dinners, this will allow them to have both type of facilities," Vandergriff said

The expansion has a price tag of $24 million, but the best thing, according to Donnelly, it won't cost residents a dime.

"We are going to do it without raising taxes, without going out for bonding. We can do it in house, we tried to keep the cost low and we are going to negotiate to lower the cost," Donnelly said.

If everything goes as planned, Donnelly doesn't see anything stopping the expansion of the Horseshoe Arena.

"I don't see anything now. We really have spent a year analyzing the situation and have decided that really there is no obstacle at this point in going forward, we just don't see it," Donnelly said.