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Summit County will ask voters to OK a sales tax hike to build an arena
Downtown arena would be home court for the University of Akron basketball team and a venue for other entertainment
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Kevin Niedermier
 
In The Region:

Plans are moving ahead to build a $76 million sports arena and entertainment facility in downtown Akron.

Today, the University of Akron trustees approved a proposal with Summit County and the city of Akron to build a basketball facility on university and city land downtown across from Canal Park.  The arena would be funded with a county sale tax increase that will go before voters in November. No university funds would go into the construction.

Details of the plan are still being worked out.

If completed, the arena would be the Akron Zips home basketball court, and a venue for other events.

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