Over the last several years it seems that there is a news article or two about Dayton’s Hamvention moving from Hara Arena to another venue. Oftentimes trying to find an alternate venue that fits the criteria that Hara has is not so easy.
A couple of news articles have recently appeared that are once again stirring up the dust devil of discussion as to whether or not the Hamvention will be a Hara next year or thereafter.
This is a press release from Jim Tiderman, General Chair.
“In light of the Cox Media (Channel 7) television interview of 10-2-2015 and the ensuing Dayton Daily News article of 10-3-2015, I, as General Chairman of the 2015 – 2016 Dayton Hamvention want to assure all interested parties that the Dayton Hamvention is fully committed to the 2016 Dayton Hamvention at Hara Arena and Exposition Center, 1001 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood ,Ohio on May 20, 21, 22, 2016.
All speculation and rumor towards anything else, is, just that, speculation.
We still keep an open mind to alternate plans in case they become necessary. All successful businesses need to do that, and Hamvention is no different in that respect.
We thank all for their interest in these news articles, and look forward to being your hosts once again at Hara beginning May 20, 2016.”
2015 – 2016 Dayton Hamvention
I made a return to Dayton this past May and enjoyed it immensely. It looks like the place hasn’t changed much, just gotten older.
Just my opinion, of course, but you could have the Hamvention in any building, just make sure the tailgating and the parking are viable. Finding a large enough building with conference rooms and floor space for vendors is not the hard part, because the vendors and indoor dealers can make things work. But the tailgating area is where the bread and butter of the Hamvention experience is for so many. Being able to look for a cornucopia of gadgets, doo-dads, thingamajigs, doohickeys, and everything else in between is what makes it such a unique experience for so many people.
Having no insider knowledge of the Hamvention or it’s parent radio club DARA, I’m certain that since this kind of talk has cropped up before, there has always been a contingency plan in place to relocate or consider other sites to hold the Hamvention within the Dayton area.
Considering the millions of dollars the Hamvention reportedly brings in to Dayton each year, it’s kind of a mystery as to why the arena complex has not been remodeled or upgraded to continue to provide Montgomery County with guaranteed tourism money from ham operators literally the world over.
Any ideas where that money is going?