The city of Laredo has become a shining star for the South Texas region in business growth and economic opportunities for the growing population of the greater Laredo area. One of the leading indicators of the quality of life in Laredo is the Laredo Energy Arena (LEA). Now entering its eighth year of operation, this destination multipurpose facility has been instrumental in attracting premier entertainment venues and business meetings. The LEA is a state-of-the-art project designed to meet the needs of the city’s growth by providing opportunities in affordable family-oriented concerts, sporting events and ice shows. The center also provides a venue for conventions, trade shows and civic events.
Prior to the opening of the Energy Arena, area residents were forced to drive up to three hours to the nearest entertainment opportunities. Laredo consistently missed out on business conventions and trade shows due to lack of a sufficient meeting center. Realizing opportunities for Laredo were being missed, a group of area businessmen agreed to partner with the city to build a world-class entertainment and meeting facility. They realized that such a project would attract people and businesses from both the United States and nearby Mexico.
The LEA is the largest indoor convention center in South Texas, boasting over 178,000 square feet with a seating capacity of 10,000. The center offers luxury suites, private meeting rooms and a private club. The Star Bar is a full service upscale bar located on the concourse.
The LEA has hosted entertainers such as Elton John, Cher, WWE, Santana, The Harlem Globetrotters, ZZ Top, Julio Iglesias, Disney on Ice and many more. Conventions and Trade Shows consistently contribute to the economic base of Laredo.
City officials estimate that the LEA generates over $100 million dollars in revenue annually and is responsible of hundreds of jobs. The LEA is managed by SMG, one of the foremost international management companies.
B&F Finance on Calton Road and B&F Finance on Chihuahua are always happy to promote events and places that make the 30 communities we serve better places to live and visit. We have offices in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma and invite our friends and customers to visit our locations in Laredo at 2108 Chihuahua Street, Ste. 6. 956-728-7283 and 502 W. Carlton Road, Suite 6 956-725-5626.