TROY — Those attending upcoming events at Hobart Arena may need to allow more time to find their seats. This change is with increased security measures for safety due to national and international security alerts.
Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler said his staff is working with its security company to develop its security plan for the safety of all event attendees. For example, many waited in long lines at recent events to get inside the arena while those at the ticket gates were being wanded by arena security as an extra safety precaution.
“We are working with our security company to develop our future plans based on their current research of other venues and also to follow what are generally accepted practices across the country based on the venue and type of event,” Siler said Thursday. “These types of policies are ever changing at this point, so what is in place this month could change the next month or the next event based on need or applicable information.”
The board also approved to extend its contract with Pepsi for an additional two years. The city’s park and recreation board of commissioners will review the contract at its next meeting.
Siler said it would be beneficial to continue its contract with the vendor through Hobart Arena’s renovation, which includes new beverage service stations.
“The other benefit to this is that they have been very good to work with in preparing for our expanded concessions operations here at the arena with the equipment that will be needed to provide all the beverage service for fountain machines, refrigerated merchandising units and those types of things that will all be needed as part of those concession stand build outs,” Siler said. “We are going to get a significant amount of support from them to put all of that equipment in and machinery into those new concession stands.”
According to the contract, Pepsi-Cola will provide the city of Troy with all dispensing equipment, vending machines, and coolers at no additional charge and will handle all maintenance and repairs for the equipment at no additional charge to the city. The contract was first approved in 2010. Pepsi Co. also will continue its $5,000 annual payments. The city will also receive 30 percent commission on all 20-ounce pops, 20 percent on all Gatorade and Propel sales and 15 percent commission on all energy drinks.
Siler also reported the arena added nine additional public skating events for 2015-2016. The December $20 off promotion for season passes is also in effect until Dec. 31.
On Wednesday, Siler reported to the recreation board a variety of shows have been added to the marquee since the board last met in October. Recreation board president Marty Hobart said the holiday shows at the beginning of December were well attended and he heard a lot of positive feedback. Siler said Hobart Arena will continue to offer a variety of concerts and events for the public to attend. Siler said the upcoming Menus Benefit Concert is to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Girls organization. The organization has a summer concert event and was looking to add a winter concert to help raise funds.
The following is a list of upcoming events at Hobart Arena:
Miami Valley Freeze High School Hockey Tournament — Jan. 2-3
Menus Benefit Concert — Jan. 22
100 Years of Trojan Basketball Day vs. Tipp City — Feb. 6
Great Midwest Cheer Expo — Feb. 14
OHSAA Division Ill Regional Wrestling Tournament — Feb. 26-27
Miami County Home and Garden Show — March 4-6
MIRAGE: Visions of Fleetwood Mac —March 11
Jordan World Circus — March 15
Third Day with Brandon Heath – March 17
Rend Collective — April 23
For ticket prices or other Hobart Arena information, visit www.hobartarena.com.
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