Hara’s closure is unfortunate and sad in part because local residents have fond memories of attending concerts, sporting events and other big-time shows at the iconic entertainment venue, said Quincy Pope Sr., Trotwood’s city manager.
“It was a staple of entertainment in this region,” he said.
Hara clearly had some internal legal issues and faced increased competition from new and existing venues, including the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights and the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Pope said.
Other venues in region that compete for indoor events include the Wright State Nutter Center, the Dayton Convention Center, the University of Dayton Arena and the Hobart Arena in Troy.
Trotwood last year evaluated the financial performance and needs of the Hara Arena to determine if the city could provide some assistance, Pope said.
But it would take millions of dollars to modernize the complex, and the city cannot afford such a major commitment, he said.
Pope said the city will work with any investors or buyers who are interested in the site.
Hara Arena has been a legacy venue in the region, but it’s closure represents an opportunity for a new use and the complex’s size and location should be very appealing to some businesses and developers, said Chris Kershner, the vice president of public policy and economic development with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.