Two groups are proposing new arenas in Dayton, Ohio, but only one is likely to be built.Two groups are proposing new arenas in Dayton, Ohio, but only one is likely to be built.
The owners of the Dayton Bombers (ECHL) are proposing a new $30-million downtown arena, while the owners of baseball’s Dayton Dragons are proposing a $60-$100-million arena and events center at the Austin Pike interchange on for Interstate 75 that would house, among other things, an AHL team.
While there’s definitely local sentiment for public funding of a new facility, the issue is how much public assistance is available and for what purpose. The Bombers are proposing little more than just a new home for the team, while the Dragons are proposing a much more ambitious events center in a community that lacks one.
Neither to close to being ready for construction: feasibility studies still need to be finished, and after that funding plans must be proposed.