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The Leonard E. Merrell Center symbolizes a milestone for the Katy community. The 145,000 square foot arena provides residents a local gathering place to enjoy a wide range of events.

Funding for the Merrell Center came from a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ}, developed In partnership with the City of Katy and the Katy  evelopment Authority and, as a result, no additional taxpayer dollars were used to build the Merrell Center. Property tax revenue generated by the Katy Mills  Mall is used to pay for the Merrell Center and Its operations. The bonds are not Katy ISD bonds, but are issued by the City of Katy and the Katy Development Authority.

The Merrell center does not add any additional tax or debt burden to the district. The Merrell Center is a perfect venue for graduation ceremonies, banquets,  trade shows, conventions, sporting contests, concerts, and more. Finished in the spring of 2005, the arena swung open its doors in time to host its first two  events, the employee service awards and the class of 2005's graduation ceremonies. The Merrell Center, complete with a dynamic setting and unique features, offers a level of versatility that is second to none. 

Whether hosting a small intimate gathering, or a more elaborate, large-scale affair, the facility provides a "custom fit' to personalize any event.  Merrell Center Katy Independent School District