Hobart Arena gears up for busy event season

Bids for the renovation are due Nov. 4

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]

TROY —On Wednesday, Hobart Arena director Ken Siler updated the recreation board about its upcoming event schedule and how staff is beginning to plan to juggle events along with its upcoming renovation project.

Siler said the arena’s event schedule will remain busy through 2015 with concerts, public skating, hockey, and holiday parties. Siler said the event schedule will begin to slow down at the beginning of 2016, yet the arean plans to continue to host events which include a wrestling tournament, hockey games and a cheerleading competition.

“We certainly have some events we’ll have to work around. I met with the architects and we have something outlined in the bid documents that gives the contractors a general idea of what kind of events we are going to need to work around and maybe some potential phasing of different parts of the project to work around what we have coming in to the building,” Siler said. “Hopefully that will work out well and won’t create too many challenges.”

Bidst are not to exceed $7.3 million for the arena’s renovation and expansion project, which was open to the public last week. Siler said final bids are due on Nov. 4.

The recreation board also was introduced to David Kerg, the Hobart Arena and Troy Aquatic Park’s concessionaire/food and beverage manager on Wednesday.

Kerg, a Troy resident, was hired on Oct. 9 by the board and began the position on Monday.

Recreation department and Hobart Arena director Ken Siler said Kerg will jump right into his duties with the first of a series of arena events beginning with this Saturday’s Night Ranger and Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX Concert.

Siler said the arena staff did well handling the concessions operations at the Oct. 9 Brett Eldredge and local artist Clark Manson concert with many thanks to assistant director Carrie Slater and her staff.

In other recreational department news, the adult hockey league “Canes and Pucks” numbers have increased to 46 members, which is 20 more members than in past sessions. Siler said players requested the arena modify rules and change their day of play from Sundays to Tuesdays, which the led to the uptick in participants and feedback has been positive.

The board approved to have city council advertise for bids for the Duke Park baseball and football concessions. The contracts expire at the end of the year.

Upcoming Hobart Arena events include: Great White and Slaughter — Nov. 20; Randy Houser, Frankie Ballard and Craig Campbell — Nov. 21, 2015; Rockin Blue Christmas — Mike Albert & the “E” Band — Dec. 4; A Celtic Tenors Christmas Dec. 6; Silver Sticks Hockey Tournament — Dec. 12 and 13, 2015.

For more information, visit www.hobartarena.com

Bids for the renovation are due Nov. 4

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews.com

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