How It All Began
1946, William H. and Edward A. Hobart had a vision. Their vision was a
vastly expanded recreational program for the City of Troy. This expansion
would involve an 18-hole golf course, a new football stadium and a winter
sports arena. They proposed that if the citizens of Troy passed a $450,000
bond issue to build the golf course and stadium, the C.C. Hobart Foundation
would build and give to the City of Troy a winter sports facility.
Troy City Council accepted and approved the plan. At a special election in
1947, the citizens overwhelmingly approved the plan. The new municipal
golf course opened in April, 1947, and the stadium in September that same
year. On September 6, 1950, the vision became a reality with the opening of
Hobart Sports Arena. Since then many charitable, religious, civic, and
educational groups have benefited from using the facility.
Over the years, some of the best known entertainers in the world have
performed at the Arena. It has hosted all types of sporting events, trade
shows, conferences, concerts, etc. The events and activities have generated
millions of dollars for the Greater Troy area.
The Legacy Continues
1995, Lucia Bravo visited Hobart Arena and noticed several areas that needed
to be upgraded. After discussing this with her husband, Robert, the Bravos
had a vision of giving more than one million dollars to be used as seed
money for the renovating of Hobart Arena.
They felt by committing such an amount, that the citizens of Troy, other
groups and organizations would also donate towards the upgrading of the
facility. In 1996, Troy City Council and the Recreation Board approved the
project and a renovation committee was formed. The architectural firm of
Lorenz and Williams of Dayton, Ohio, was hired, and a complete assessment of
the facility’s needs were made and prioritized.
goal of the Bravos, the arena’s Renovation Committee, and the architects was
to bring Hobart Arena up to modern day standards, equivalent to the day it
In April of 1997, the first project began. Since then the following
projects have been completed: the arena’s roof and exterior areas were
repaired, windows were replaced, exterior lighting was upgraded and new
landscaping was added; the main entrance and lobby were upgraded; in the
corridor, a rubberized floor was installed, walls were revamped and a
ceiling added; the concession stands were relocated to make room for the
constructions of the Troy Hall of Fame in the hall entrance; the restrooms
and locker rooms were renovated; the arena’s ceiling was painted; the ice
surface was enlarged and new seating was installed; the acoustics were
evaluated and baffles and a new sound system were installed. The City
Council paid for and installed a new electrical system and air-conditioning
2015 marked the City Council's approval of a $9.2M Renovation Project and
Expansion that is scheduled to begin in 2016.