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Built in the 1970’s and located adjacent to the El Paso Convention Center, the Abraham Chavez Theatre welcomes patrons with a three-story high glass windowed entry and unique sombrero-shaped architecture making it a distinct feature on El Paso’s southwestern landscape. Beaming lights, arched staircases, creative entryways and luminescent chandeliers add to its rich decor. The lobby offers 20 entrance doors at the front of the building, with more than 5,000 square feet of lobby area. The Abraham Chavez Theatre is full of glamour, sophistication and style. The theatre is named after Maestro Abraham Chavez who was the longtime conductor of the El Paso Symphony. Today the theatre is home to the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Opera and a number of large-scale concerts and shows.
The Don Haskins Center, home of the UTEP Athletics Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, is named after the legendary UTEP basketball coach. Used as a basketball facility, it has a permanent hardwood floor with Safeguard floor covering and is configured as a 127’ x 84’ octagon. The center is also one of the most flexible performance arenas in the Southwest. It features 11,659 permanent seats with 40 being wheelchair spaces, and 800 portable seats in the round, with 7,000-9,000 seats with end-stage seating. Acts that have appeared at the center are varied and include: WWE Super Show, Shawn Mendes, Cirque du Soleil, Harlem Globetrotters, Bad Bunny, J. Balvin, Maluma, Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin, Cher, Gabriel Iglesias, KISS, Megadeth & Lamb of God, Kane Brown, Alan Jackson, Slayer, New Kids On The Block, Pepe Aguilar, Blink-182 and Fallout Boy. The Don Haskins Center is also used for UTEP commencements, EPCC graduations and area high school graduation ceremonies.
Home to the El Paso Rhinos, the center also allows for public ice skating. Visit the website for hours of operation and admission fees.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown El Paso, Southwest University Park offers a unique setting for your event! Whether it is a 5K race on the field, an office party in the WestStar Club, or a reception in the Sun Kings Saloon, Southwest University Park is the perfect venue!
Named Baseballparks.com “Ballpark of the Year” for 2014, Southwest University Park offers majestic views of the Franklin Mountains and Downtown El Paso Skyline. Designed by the architecture firm, Populous, the ballpark is situated on a little more than five acres of land.
Southwest University Park incorporates El Paso’s rich history with its unique design. The red brick exterior resembles the nearby Union Depot and includes a box car-like façade and archways along the concourse.
Two buildings, the Santa Fe Pavilion and Big Dog House, adorn right field with hospitality areas for parties and individuals alike. The City Hall Grill, a tribute to what once stood on the site of the ballpark, and Sun Kings Saloon, a tribute to El Paso’s baseball past, make up the Big Dog House while the open air floors of the Santa Fe Pavilion offer 360 degree views of the ballpark and the city.
The Sun Bowl is the scene of the nationally televised collegiate gridiron classic of the same name. It’s also home to the UTEP Miners Football team - UTEP Athletics. For large venues, the Sun Bowl is equal to many of America’s large stadiums, with 51,000 seats and 30 wheel chair spaces.
Past performances include The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour, U2’s Zoo TV Tour, Pink Floyd World Tour, Ricky Martin, Pace Motor Sports Monster Trucks, two Dallas Cowboy Scrimmage contests, and Oscar De La Hoya.
Dating back to the late 1920’s the Plaza Theatre re-opened its doors in 2002. It’s size, elaborate decor, and technical innovations certainly separate these atmospheric theatres from others. No expense was spared in creating this elaborate building, designed in Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. While the exterior facade was designed to be reminiscent of a Spanish mission-style parapet, patrons will be in awe by the interior, with its intricately painted ceilings, mosaic-tiled floors, decorative metal railings and sconces and, to heighten the effect, antique furnishings. With such grandiose rococo design, it is no wonder the Plaza was once known as The Showplace of the Southwest. Perhaps most impressive of all is the $60,000 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, elevating from the orchestra pit to accompany vaudeville shows, sing-a-longs, and to entertain patrons before and after films. Home to El Paso’s Broadway Series and a variety of concerts and show, the Plaza Theatre is certainly worth a visit. In addition, the theatre holds weekly tours, open to the public on Tuesday’s at 12:00 PM. For additional information regarding shows and tours contact 915-534-0600.