New Arena Tops Out

New $84 million Sugar Land performance arena tops out in a holiday way

New $84 million Sugar Land performance arena tops out in a holiday way

Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land topping off
The topping off ceremony for the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land included a Christmas tree and American flag on the signed beam. Photo by Nick de la Torre
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land interior rendering from audience
Rendering of the interior of the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land. Courtesy of ACE SL, LLC
Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land topping off
Here's how it looks now: The view from the stage of the new Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land that is slated to open next fall. Photo by Nick de la Torre
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land
Rendering of the exterior of the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land. Courtesy of ACE SL, LLC
Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land topping off
ACE Theatrical Group's Gary Becker was among officials signing the beam at the topping off ceremony for the new Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land. Photo by Nick de la Torre
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land interior rendering from stage
Rendering of the interior of the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land. Courtesy of ACE SL, LLC
Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land topping off
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land interior rendering from audience
Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land topping off
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land
Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land topping off
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land interior rendering from stage

Officials from Sugar Land and ACE Theatrical Group gathered Tuesday to celebrate the topping out of the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, the region's first state-of-the-art indoor performance venue.

The $84 million venue — slated for completion in fall 2016 — aims to position the fast-growing Sugar Land region as a destination for culture and entertainment in attracting large scale national performances. It will also host local graduations and community theater productions.

The 200,000-square-foot venue, located off of U.S. Highway 59 and University Boulevard in Sugar Land, features moveable walls to create four different seating capacities, ranging from a maximum of 6,400 to more intimate setting of 3,400 seats. The venue also features 14 luxury suites, corporate hospitality areas, and the latest sound, light and video technology, as well as space to house up to 18 trucks and buses and 2,500 guest parking spaces.

"Along with a new 50-acre business site for Fluor, the Texas Instruments campus, the future expansion of Class A office space and plans for a hotel/conference center and other amenities, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land is the cornerstone of an exciting development that will increase tourism, provide unique destination activities for local and regional visitors, promote capital investment and create new jobs," Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson said in a statement.

The city of Sugar Land teamed with ACE Theatrical Group on the project. Founded by entertainment veteran Allen Becker, who co-founded PACE Entertainment Corporation in 1966, ACE is currently involved in projects to restore large theaters in San Antonio, New Orleans, Brooklyn, New York.