Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio

It’s not an easy feat to get an arena constructed these days. It has been particularly difficult in the Midwest, where shrinking state funding, record unemployment and rising fuel and food costs have taken a toll on businesses and individuals.

Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles and challenges, this region has seen the creation of three new arenas in 2011, with another opening next year.

The Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.; Compton Fam...


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