Athletic director Tom Wistrcill recently traveled to Toledo to visit its new downtown arena.
The company that built the Lucas County Arena invited him to take a look at it, so he went with associate athletic director Hunter Yurachek and a representative from FirstEnergy.
"We took a peek at it," Wistrcill said. "You can always learn."
Wistrcill said he has not had a chance to put much thought into building a new basketball arena. "It doesn't mean it won't happen sometime in the future," he added.
Building a new basketball arena has long been on the minds of Zips fans and people within the athletic department. While the University of Akron was the sole driver for a football stadium, the city might be the engine that helps land a basketball arena. The project would likely coincide with bringing to Akron a pro sports team, such as hockey or arena football. Major concerts and events would be sure to follow.
Within the next week, Lucas County Arena will host WWE Raw and a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. It is also home to an arena football team and independent hockey team. The arena is owned by a non-profit corporation that is set up to pay off its mortgage with the earnings.
Wistrcill denied a rumor that FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander and Akron mayor Don Plusquellic also attended the meeting in Toledo.
One firm designed an arena that would sit on Main Street across from Canal Park. Click here, then click "indoor" to take a look. That does not necessarily mean that the city of Akron hired the firm to design that drawing.
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