Tuesday, February 2, 2016
WWNY: Tour Next Week of Arena Will Focus on Food
Three unnamed entities interested in putting their name on the Fairground Arena and a struggle over whether to have a concession stand or a snack bar. It all took up half the time at last night's Council meeting.
The media keeps reporting the City wants to hire a vendor to run the food outlet, but that's not my understanding. They are not hiring anyone. It's a plan to rent out the space to a private business or person. No one seems interested with all the uncertainties and the best prospect continues to be the City operating the stand as it did with a small profit before the facility closed for renovations.
City staff doesn't want to be involved with the snack bar or handling money although two retirees who worked the stand told me last night they'd love to come back.
Plans to renovate the proposed area to provide more food options are on hold till Council tours the facility next week.
Naming the Arena is a tussle lawmakers don't need. This facility needs to roll out as an asset to the community long term. Slapping a car dealer's name on it means the people who paid for it won't have a sense of ownership and the pride that goes with it.