- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The University of Akron is considering plans to renovate the on-campus arena used by its basketball teams rather than waiting to see whether the community builds a downtown facility to host games and events.

The basketball and volleyball teams currently play in James A. Rhodes Arena, which opened in 1983. Local leaders discussed using part of a proposed sales tax increase to fund a new downtown facility, but that was pulled from a ballot proposal later rejected by voters.

University President Scott Scarborough tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1BbHzZP ) the 5,500-seat Rhodes Arena needs upgrades regardless of whether another arena is built. He’s awaiting a design proposal.

A 2012 study commissioned by the school concluded the facility is inadequate for a Division I arena. It recommended $38 million in upgrades.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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