TROTWOOD, Ohio (CelebrityAccess) — The operators of family-owned Hara Arena announced that after a 60-year run, they are closing the venue.
The 5,500-capacity facility began its life as a ballroom in 1956, and was later expanded to an arena in 1964 and then a six-building entertainment complex which was is now heading for closure at the end of August.
According to local news outlet WDTN, the arena is closing due to an internal legal battle over the unresolved estate of founder Harold Wampler after his death in 1996, which drained away resources needed for renovations and improvements.
“We are painfully aware of the loss this announcement will generate, which is why we have fought so long and hard to prevent it,” says Karen Wampler, Hara’s marketing director. “We had hoped to announce a new era at Hara, but are announcing the end of one, instead.”
In its past, the arena has hosted numerous high profile events, including Wayne Gretzky’s pro hockey debut and performances by the Rolling Stones, Prince, Nirvana and the Grateful Dead. As well, the venue serves as a home to numerous local amateur sports as well as professional hockey.
The staff is working to help relocate as many Hara events as possible within Montgomery County, WDTN said. – Staff Writers