DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan has announced that the Division of Athletics will be conducting a feasibility study in the coming months to explore potential upgrades to the University of Dayton Arena in order to extend its life for the next generation of Flyer fans and the community.
“This is the first step, in a long-term process, to provide future generations of students, alums, and friends of the University a first-class experience, and continue to use UD Arena as an asset for the entire campus and Dayton community,” Sullivan said.
The Division of Athletics has no timetable for potential improvements and is just beginning to study the long-term opportunities.
The Arena continues to serve the University and the community in many ways. But, it is approaching 50 years in age and improvements will be necessary moving into the future.
“Now is the time to examine the concourses and bowl area of the Arena which have not had substantial upgrades since it was built,” Sullivan said.
Season ticket holders may be contacted to participate in an electronic survey or a focus group. This allows for direct-market feedback, which is essential to evaluate the level of support for various seating options, fan amenities, and other areas of arena improvements.
“This feasibility study is an important part of our strategic planning and the relationship we have with our fans,” said Sullivan. “The insights we gain from our fans have always helped us identify opportunities to better serve them and the community, and we look forward to their input.”
The study is a collaborative effort between our staff and the firm of Conventions, Sports & Leisure International (CSL), a leading advisory and planning company that specializes in consulting services to the sport and entertainment industry.
UD Arena was originally built in 1969 with the vision of Tom Frericks and wide community support. It has undergone some renovations in its lifetime. The most recent was the just-completed, $4 million upgrade to the Donoher Basketball Center. The previous renovation in the Arena occurred in 2002 with upgrades to the suites and loge seating areas, and addition of the Time Warner Cable Flight Deck.