TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The day before the doors of a staple venue close forever, 2 NEWS got a final inside look at Hara Arena.
For some the arena where was where they had their first kiss or saw their first rock n’ roll concert.
The arena’s marketing director, Karen Wampler says for the venue holds sentimental value for many.
“People want their seat. They want the seat that they sat in. They give us the exact section and seat number.” said Wampler.
The venue would have celebrated its 60th anniversary this fall, but instead they’re saying goodbye this Saturday. After 350 requests from fans to get a final tour of the building, Wampler decided to hold an open house Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“The stories of why Hara was important to people has been therapeutic for us. I think the fight has gone on so long, we had to question was it worth it? These last few years and story by story people are assuring us that it mattered to them,” said Wampler.
From the seats, to hockey banners, to posters of Jimmy Paige and Jon Bon Jovi. Wampler hopes to hold an auction or online auction for people to purchase Hara memorabilia. She says for many it isn’t about the actual items, but about holding onto memories.
2 NEWS reporter Maytal Levi asked, “What’s next?.” Wampler responded, “I think some healing, it’s been a long battle and then we are going to get acquainted with civilian life what it’s like to have a weekend.”
The arena will also host a private party Saturday night beginning at 9:00 p.m.