Huntington Center – ECHL Toledo Walleye


Ice Arena Funding Application Analysis

B&D served as the Sports Facility consultant to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, the body through which the State of Ohio participated in funding sports facilities at the major league levels. In this role we provided consulting on the market and financial feasibility, economic impact potential, design, and construction of almost every major league and minor league professional sports facility developed in Ohio beginning in1996. Ultimately we were responsible for advising the state on the approval of project funding. In 2008 we were asked to review Lucas County’s application for state funding for the Toledo Minor League Ice Arena project and advise on the financial feasibility of the project’s business plan. We reviewed the project documentation including: market and economic feasibility, financing, design, and construction documents. We then recommended the state fund the project with the understanding that several risk factors be mitigated prior to allocation of the funds. The LEED Gold, 8,000-seat, $105 million multipurpose Huntington Center opened in 2009 as home to the East Coast Hockey League’s Toledo Walleyes.