TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Hara Arena says it’s facing some financial issues and is taking action.
2 NEWS has learned that the Trotwood venue laid off several employees and now has a staff of only 12 full-time employees.
Hara’s Director of Marketing says it is tough for Hara to compete with venues like the Nutter Center, but they’re keeping a positive attitude.
Hara generated $34-million into the community through 239 events last year.
“As taxpayers, we’re competing against facilities that are subsidized by tax dollars and because of that we are struggling to compete. The primary challenges are that we need renovation dollars and the ownership model needs to be changed,” said Karen Wampler, Director of Marketing at Hara Arena.
Wampler told 2 NEWS they are working with a company called Venuworks that specializes in restoring event venues.
Hara Arena has been a staple in the Miami Valley for 50 years. Its 165,000 square foot facility contains 5,500 seats.
“Hopefully in 2015, we will have some good news to share and we can unveil a new era at Hara,” said Wampler.