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The Monroe County Fairgrounds in Monroe County, Michigan includes a number of buildings.

Glenn F. Stock Arena Monroe Michigan
Stock Arena

Stock Arena

Glenn F. Stock Arena is a 2,000-seat indoor arena located in Monroe, Michigan. It is used for sporting events, concerts, conventions, and trade shows. It is part of the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Stock Arena is also used for graduation ceremonies of Monroe County's high schools.

The arena measures 174 feet (53 m) wide by 252 feet (77 m) long with a 40-foot (12 m)-high ceiling. Although the Monroe County Fair's website hails the arena one of the "largest arenas in Michigan," this is actually not true as far as seating capacity is concerned; in fact, Stock Arena seats up to 3,500 for concerts. Many indoor arenas in Michigan have larger seating capacities. Also, several of them, including The Palace of Auburn Hills, Breslin Center, Joe Louis Arena, and Van Andel Arena have higher ceiling heights. Stock Arena is, however, Monroe County's largest arena and the largest in Toledo's northern suburbs.

Other amenities include a 100-foot (30 m)-by-210-foot pipe fence separating the stands from the arena floor, and a wireless PA system that can be used inside and outside the building.

Other fairground facilities

Other facilities at the Monroe County Fairgrounds include:

  • The First Merchants Bank Expo Center, a convention center with 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) of exhibit space
  • Two buildings and a livestock show arena with 7,200 square feet (670 m2) each of space
  • The 4,800-square-foot (450 m2) Far West Building
  • The 2,400 4H Craft Building
  • Two horse rings and 270 horse stalls
  • A 9,000-seat grandstand used for auto racing and rodeos.
  • Parking for 4,000 cars.
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