Henderson Exposition Center
George H. Henderson Exposition Center (formerly Angelina County Exposition Center) is a 36-acre convention and fairgrounds complex located in Lufkin, Texas. It was built in 1983 for $2 million (funded entirely from private contributions). So far, 25 acres have been developed. Existing now are:
- A 6,950-seat indoor arena, the largest pre-engineered clear-span building in the United States (90,000 square feet) upon its completion and a model for new arenas across the U.S. built since 1984. The arena contains 28,050 square feet (110' by 255') of indoor arena space plus an 8,000 square-foot, climate-controlled and glass-fronted special events room seating up to 180 people. The arena also features four sets of restrooms, five concession stands, three offices for tenant use, a 1,200-square-foot announcer stand/press box, and a 24'-by-40' portable stage. (The special events room features a 8'-by-16' portable stage). The arena is used for concerts, trade shows, sporting events, and banquets; the special events room is similarly used for banquets and meetings. As a concert venue, the Henderson Exposition Center arena can seat up to 10,000. Both the arena and special events room are handicapped-accessible.
- A 62,500-square-foot open-air pavilion, site of many events ranging from livestock shows, company picnics, flea markets, boat shows, and company workshops. The building contains 15,000 square feet (100' by 150') of arena floor space and portable seating for 300 people. The pavilion also contains an animal wash rack , restrooms with showers and a concession stand, and is also capable of housing the following: up to 80 10' by 10' portable horse stalls , 200 4' by 6' swine pens, or tie racks for as many as 250 head of cattle.