Rotarians hear update on Hobart Arena renovation

TROY — Troy’s Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., has a storied history that’s about to have a new chapter added to it. When the arena opened in September of 1950, it was one part of a vision held by William Harrison Hobart (1892-1965) and Edward Alvah Hobart (1888-1985), two of the founders of Hobart Brothers Company, 101 Trade Square East in Troy. Their vision was to expand the recreational programs in Troy, including developing an 18-hole golf course, building a new football stadium and creating a winter sports venue. Troy Rotarians hosted City Engineer Jill Rhoades and Recreation Director Ken Siler at their May 10 meeting to discuss the plans, status and progress of the Hobart Arena renovation.

This $9.6 million project will be paid for through city of Troy funds and bond financing. The renovation is a result of a 2014 feasibility study conducted by Crossroads Consulting. The outcome of the study was a recommendation to renovate the venue rather than demolish it and build a new facility. Renovation proved to be the more cost-effective option to expand the size, scope and usability of Hobart Arena to accommodate the needs of today’s spectators and artists.

The project will add 50 percent to the current square footage of the venue. The expansion will include new restrooms, a kitchen, concessions, ticketing, locker room and “back of house” space where talent warms up and waits to perform. This area will also create a significant meeting space to satisfy a high demand for gathering places. It may also generate additional rental revenue for the arena. As a result of these changes, three sides of the current building will grow, including a new main entrance on the south end of the facility. What the renovations will not include is a second sheet of ice as the cost for it was prohibitive. Target completion for all the changes is mid-January 2017. For more information on Troy’s recreation venues, visit For more information on Hobart Arena, visit

Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom and support for summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. Club members are always looking for new topics to share at weekly meetings. If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary Web site at and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.