Winkler's new Meridian Exhibition Centre is rapidly taking shape.

The complex features a 21,000 sq. ft. arena, along with a 19,000 sq. ft. turf/hard surface area and will house a number of offices and administration spaces.

The second floor will be home to a quarter mile running track with arena bleachers seating 372 and bleachers facing the turf area seating 178.

The $19 million project will be able to host trade shows and banquets for up to 1,200 people. In total, the facility will have an approximate 80,000 sq. ft. footprint with 175 parking spaces.

Officials expect a soft opening sometime in November.

Winkler City Council took a tour of the new facility on Thursday