Ford Center is the result of an active citizenry, government leadership and economic opportunity all coming together in the right way at the right time. The site for the Ford Center is bounded by Main St., Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Sixth St. and Walnut St., adjacent to the Old National Events Plaza and Convention Centre. There’s plenty of parking within a short walk of the site.
Demolition for the project began in October 2009 and construction was completed in September 2011. The brick-and-mortar specifications were clear: a 290,000 sq. ft. facility with an eye-catching design and modern amenities. Ford Center opened in November 2011 and has since drawn attendees from all over the tri-state region. It is the official home of the University of Evansville Men’s and Women’s basketball teams and Evansville IceMen Hockey team.
Ford Center is managed by VenuWorks, a full management service to theatres, arenas and convention centers. In addition to its facility management service, VenuWorks manages food and beverage and operations, as well as performs feasibility studies, does consulting work and provides event booking and promotion services.