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University of Akron plans venue for Zips basketball, other events

Published: April 24, 2014 7:10 AM
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A new 8,500-seat arena is being planned for downtown Akron.

The venue would be the new home of University of Akron basketball teams and also host other events.

Now officials will have to convince county voters to approve a 0.25-percent sales tax increase to help pay for the $76 million arena and other county expenses. That issue will go on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The arena will be a joint venture involving the city, Summit County and the University of Akron. University trustees approved an initial agreement for the project during a meeting this week.

The university would continue using the current 5,300-seat arena on campus, with plans for updates.

Basketball coach Keith Dambrot says newer facilities will help in recruitment.

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