In 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.