Troy’s Hobart Arena showcases its history

Banners, 18 of them, are just part of the improvements.

The reopening of Troy’s Hobart Arena following an expansion/renovation project is being celebrated with flying of historical banners commemorating events, performers and tenants of the 67-year-old venue on Adams Street near the Great Miami River.

The banners may evoke memories of performances by entertainers such as Elvis, Lawrence Welk or Gene Autry or events such as the Harlem Globetrotters and circuses and tenants such as the Troy Skating Club that continues arena ice use today.


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“These improvements will allow for Hobart Arena to be a viable venue option for many years to come by meeting the demands of a wide variety of events,” said Ken Siler, Troy’s director of recreation.

The arena project was 99.9 percent complete as of the end of May. Siler said a punch list of a few cosmetic type items was being addressed by contractors, but that work would not impact the ability to offer events or carry out daily operations.

The project “is on target to come in right at budget” of $9.65 million, Siler said.

The main components of the renovation included: improved pedestrian traffic flow throughout the venue; more useable space throughout the corridor; improved concession locations, efficiencies and offerings; increased number and improved locations of restroom facilities; moved dressing room areas to the “back of house” area; consolidated maintenance/storage facilities for increased operating efficiencies; and created production office space in the “back of house” area. The project also created a multipurpose space that could accommodate the needs of arena events such as catering and also to provide a space that could be rented for various uses independent of arena event needs.

Siler said 18 banners were done with topics selected from research by several staff members and assistance from Patrick Kennedy of the Troy Local History Library. The banners were purchased by the city.

Siler said interest in the venue for events has continued to increase the last several years and has increased further with the completion of renovations. “The challenge now is attempting to maintain balance between ice usage by hockey and figure skating and the non-ice special events,” he said.

Troy Mayor Mike Beamish said the arena’s future is bright.

“The newly renovated Hobart Arena offers so much to our community; it is truly a treasure. The banners add that historic flavor, showcasing the many talents and events that have graced this arena and community over the years,” Beamish said.

The arena’s budget for this year is $1.69 million.

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