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Mesquite's landmark rodeo arena getting Two million in fix ups by developer

New owner Centurion American Development Group plans to spend $2 million to renovate Mesquite's landmark rodeo arena.

The area is home to the storied Mesquite Championship Rodeo and a new soccer team, the Mesquite Outlaws.

Centurion American plans to refurbish both the interior and exterior of the 5,500-seat building, which is near LBJ Freeway and Military Parkway. Improvements will include upgraded VIP suites, new locker rooms, a new turf surface for soccer play, roof repairs plus renovations to the parking lots and other outdoor features.

"The city of Mesquite is thrilled to witness the next generation of investment by the leadership of Centurion American into the historic Mesquite Arena," Mayor Stan Pickett said in a statement. "With the introduction of major league soccer [Major Arena Soccer League] and their dynamic entertainment platform, this level of capital investment is phenomenal.

"Their plans for a new multi-use floor, turf for soccer and more will be a tremendous boost to both sports and rodeo activity as well as the concerts," he said. "The improvements in the suites will complete a new and vibrant guest experience they will achieve with their dedication to this important landmark in the Mesquite community."

Construction is scheduled to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

Centurion American, which is best known for restoring downtown Dallas' historic Statler Hotel, bought the 34-year-old Mesquite Arena and more than 50 acres of surrounding land last year for a development it calls Iron Horse Village.

Along with improvements to the rodeo arena, the project includes retail and residential construction.

Mesquite's rodeo dates to the late 1940s but came into its own in the 1950s when it was championed by legendary bull rider Neal Gay. In 1958, Gay opened the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which became one of the most popular events in the industry.

The current arena was built in 1985.

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"The Mesquite Arena is one of the most iconic buildings in the area, and we're excited to bring it into the 21st century while respecting the history and traditions of the space," said Centurion American CEO Mehrdad Moayedi. "We want it to be a place where fans can take in the rodeo, a game, a concert or event, and we hope to have entertainment in the venue year-round."

Centurion American is one of North Texas' busiest developers, with suburban residential community projects, restoration of historic buildings and redevelopment of Plano's Collin Creek Mall.

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