x
Breaking News
More () »

Southeast Texas's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Southeast Texas, Texas | 12NEWSNOW.com

Jefferson County discussing sale of Ford Park Entertainment Complex

If the sale is approved, bids to buy the entertainment complex would have to be submitted by August 28, 2020.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Jefferson County is looking to possibly sell the Ford Park Entertainment Complex to the highest bidder.

County commissioners are set to discuss the possible sale of the complex at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday August 11, 2020, according to the agenda for the meeting.

If the sale is approved, bids to buy the entertainment complex would have to be submitted by August 28, 2020, according to the potential bid information included in the agenda.

The complex consists of the arena, exhibit hall, fields, midway and the pavilion.

MORE | Ford Park website

Currently the complex is the home of the YMBL South Texas State Fair.

Chris Colletti, Executive Director for YMBL, told 12News, "If they sell Ford Park, the new owners would be required to honor same partnership with YMBL.”

In November 2019, 55 percent voted to legalize pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Jefferson County. There was talk among advocates about Ford Park potentially becoming the site for a race track. 

Kevin Johnson works as a consultant for the group that is behind the effort to bring horse racing to Jefferson County. He previously told 12News the group is searching for 14 acres of land, preferably along Interstate 10.

RELATED: Voters approved horse racing in Jefferson County. What happens now?

RELATED: Jefferson County voters approve horse racing, off-track betting hands down

The Ford Park Entertainment Complex is south of Beaumont along I-10. 

GET NEWS & WEATHER ALERTS | Download the 12News App to your mobile device 

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

Send us a news tip | Download our app12News Morning Rush Newsletter

Also on 12NewsNow.com…