New arena planned for downtown Akron - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

New arena planned for downtown Akron

Posted: Updated:

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A new 8,500-seat arena is being planned for downtown Akron.

The venue would be the new home of University of Akron basketball teams and also host other events.

Now officials will have to convince county voters to approve a 0.25-percent sales tax increase to help pay for the $76 million arena and other county expenses. That issue will go on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The arena will be a joint venture involving the city, Summit County and the University of Akron. University trustees approved an initial agreement for the project during a meeting this week.

The university would continue using the current 5,300-seat arena on campus, with plans for updates.

Basketball coach Keith Dambrot says newer facilities will help in recruitment.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • RegionalMore>>

  • Ohio State University fires marching band director

    Ohio State University fires marching band director

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:00:01 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade.
  • Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

    Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:12:33 GMT
    Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.
    Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.
  • Biden urges infrastructure, job training in Ohio

    Biden urges infrastructure, job training in Ohio

    Vice President Joe Biden will speak to another major civil rights organization - this time in Cincinnati - and Republican leaders are around to offer counterpoints.
    Vice President Joe Biden says investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.