About Ford Park & SMG

Ford Park is the premiere sports, entertainment, and convention destination of Southeast Texas! Conveniently located in Beaumont, Texas on Interstate Highway 10 between Houston and Lake Charles, our versatile event center features five world-class facilities on 221 acres.

Ford Pavilion opened in Spring 2003 and has hosted some of the biggest names in music. The 14,000-seat Ford Pavilion has first-class amenities including state-of-the-art lighting and sound, ample parking, restrooms, food and beverage plazas and lots of space to enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars. Ford Arena, Ford Exhibit Hall and Ford Midway opened in the Fall of 2003, with Ford Arena selling out its inaugural event. The 8,500 seat multi-purpose Ford Arena hosts concerts, rodeos, circuses, motor sports and many other special events. There’s always something going on at Ford Arena! Ford Exhibit Hall has 48,000 square feet of exhibit space and is attached to the Arena, offering a combined 83,000 square feet of space. The Exhibit Hall includes eight individual meeting rooms, an 11,000 square foot lobby or pre-function space, a full-service kitchen for catering, concession stands and restrooms. Ford Midway is home to the YMBL-sponsored South Texas State Fair, which draws an attendance of over 400,000 each year. With 9 acres of paved midway, there is plenty of room for festivals, fairs, and rodeos. Structures in Ford Midway include a 45,000 square foot practice arena, over 25,000 square feet of covered barn space and a dedicated parking area.


For ticketed event booking, email John Hughes at jhughes@fordpark.com.

For private functions, conventions, and consumer show booking as well as premium ticketing and group sales info, email Linda Waggoner at lwaggoner@fordpark.com.

For catering, concession vending, and non-profit group opportunities, email Melessa Kotlarich at mkotlarich@fordpark.com.

SMG manages, operates and maintains the Ford Park Event Center in the city of Beaumont, Texas, on behalf of Jefferson County.

Beginning with our President/CEO and Senior Vice Presidents, our ownership and team of dedicated corporate support personnel make us unrivaled in the field of private facility management. Our continued growth and success is a direct result of their commitment to excellent service and the highest level of quality.

Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, equestrian facilities and convention, congress and exhibition centers. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 11 million square feet (1.1 million square meters) of exhibition space. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides construction and design consulting, pre-opening services, venue management, sales, marketing, event booking, and programming. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through an in house catering company, SAVOR…, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide.


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