The J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center, located on the North banks of the Wichita River, was the first phase of the Multi-Purpose Events Center project completed in 1995. Named in honor of Wichita Falls rancher and businessman Joseph S. Bridwell (1885-1966), the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center hosts everything from dog shows and rodeos to fundraiser galas. The venue includes a 50,000 square foot Stall Barn and 120’ X 270’ indoor Arena with seating for 1,200 people. In 2011, the Wichita Extension Horse Committee built and donated a 70’ X 150’ covered warm-up arena to the City of Wichita Falls, adding to the amenities the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center offers
Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall
The second phase of the Multi-Purpose Events Center project was the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall completed in 1996. This 58,000 square foot meeting space is located on the south side of the Wichita River and connects to the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center by a pedestrian bridge.
The two main Exhibit Halls offer a great venue for trade shows, conventions or large banquets. In addition, the building features 10 breakout rooms that can host meetings, seminars and receptions, as well as a 216-seat seminar room. Through the years, the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall has been home to annual events like the Home & Garden Show, the Hotter ‘N Hell 100 Consumer Show, Christmas Magic plus conventions and conferences with up to 2,000 delegates.
Kay Yeager Coliseum
The final addition of the Multi-Purpose Events Center complex was the Kay Yeager Coliseum completed in 2003. This entertainment venue is the cornerstone of the complex featuring permanent seating for 6,500 people and a variety of set-up options for conventions, sporting events, concerts and more. Kay Yeager Coliseum is the home of the Wichita Falls Wildcats Hockey team as well as the site for events each year such as Midwestern State University graduation, Ranch Roundup and WWE Wrestling plus concerts from top-name entertainers like Cher, Miranda Lambert, and Papa Roach. The Kay Yeager Coliseum also includes an NBA-quality Basketball floor, Indoor Soccer and Football turf, locker rooms, training rooms, state-of-the-art digital scoreboard and suites.
Memorial Auditorium is a beautiful historical venue constructed in 1927 and is a duplication of the State Fair Music Hall in Dallas. The last area Indian battle took place only ten years before construction on the bluff where Memorial Auditorium now stands. Early entertainers Will Rogers, Elvis Presley, Gene Autry and Bob Hope have graced the stage at Memorial Auditorium. Today, Memorial Auditorium is home to the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and plays host to comedy shows like Ron White and Jerry Seinfeld, touring Broadway productions, and musicians B.B. King and Willie Nelson. Memorial Auditorium seats 2,700 people. The stage area is 59’ 8” X 41’ 6” and includes 12 air- conditioned dressing rooms and concessions.