After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, and after numerous attempts at bringing some life to the venue, the Rubber Bowl will soon become rubble.

Mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the present and future of the Rubber Bowl and the surrounding area. Safety and security are big issues, mainly with “trill seekers” breaking in to take photos of the decay. Once the structure meets the wrecking ball, Horrigan says this helps change the landscape of the area, and he looks forward to how the surrounding area will look afterward.

The Rubber Bowl opened its doors in 1940, hosting the Akron Zips football team for its entire run. Over the years, the venue was used as a neutral site for football teams and site for music festivals.

Published in WAKR RAY HORNER
Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:14

AUDIO: Rubber Bowl Owner Says He Has A Plan

Summit County foreclosed on the Rubber Bowl this week, saying stadium ownership group Team1 Marketing owes nearly $200,000 in back taxes. But one of the partners of Team1 says his group has a plan to not only pay off the back taxes, but bring music festivals to the decaying facility.

Sean Mason would like to see the city assume ownership of the property and lease it back to Team1. That would allow the city to more easily change the property's zoning. Mason says it would also prompt an investor to come on board to assist with the renovation of the stadium, which has gone largely unused since The University of Akron left for Infocision Stadium after the 2008 football season.

Mason joined Jasen to discuss his plan and address the concern held by some that the plan is unfeasible.

Published in Jasen Sokol