Akron Arena Study
The Akron Arena is a small-market multi-purpose arena (+10,000 capacity) for basketball, hockey, concerts, etc., which includes stationary and movable tiered-seating, suites/club lounge, offices, locker rooms and event lobby. The event lobby will connect to a future hotel/commercial development site and the historic Mayflower Hotel. An event plaza will anchor the complex.
The Arena would seat roughly 10,000 patrons and feature approximately 26 private suites situated below the main concourse level. The retail mall would have the flexibility to provide storefronts on both Main and High Streets while remaining inwardly open to the arcade/atrium space. This scheme provides for a flexible number of office and/or residential levels above the two level mall/atrium.
The Arena’s modern architecture incorporates Akron’s masonry language and sustainable agenda. The aesthetics would be in concert with Canal Park, in that red brick would be the predominant material, thereby reinforcing the extension of the Sports/Entertainment district.
The large expanses of glass in the form of storefronts and arena curtainwall, allow the color, activity, and energy of each space to extend to the street. The curved upper roof and clerestory of the arena provides a dynamic signature element and allows natural light to enter the main seating area. At night this structure will glow and act as a beacon for evening events.
The combined facility will present an impressive and dynamic landmark. By infilling the two city blocks that this project encompasses, a link is created between the lower South Main Street and the emerging retail district. This complex becomes a “partner” to Canal Park and completes this Sports/Entertainment district.