A New Location
The emerging differences between the University of Dayton and the City of Dayton are most clear in the events leading to the final determination of the arena’s location. According to Frericks, the school had no problem with the city’s plan and ultimately offered to contribute $2 million dollars (approximately $15 million in inflation adjusted 2018 dollars) to the construction of a downtown multipurpose venue with the understanding that Flyers’ home game schedules would take priority over any other activities. But as early as the planning meeting on July 28, 1967 Frericks had raised several concerns with building downtown. Construction would be expensive, it was unclear that there would be sufficient parking, the arena might need to be smaller than Frericks had hoped, and there was concern about the accessibility of the location for students and alumni. Following this initial meeting the city ran into problems of its own.
The foreground of this photo shows the lands east of the Miami River owned by NCR. Welcome Stadium can be seen across the river, and the location being eyed for the arena just to the north. “Aerial View of NCR Dayton” Source: Frericks Scrapbook, University of Dayton Archive and Special Collections, University of Dayton.
Dayton Daily News, Frericks Scrapbook, University of Dayton Archive and Special Collections, University of Dayton
Over the next month disagreement over the matter in the city commission developed into a very public fight. Undoubtedly disappointed by the university’s decision of an alternative location for the arena, in mid-October of 1967 Mayor Dave Hall clearly felt that city officials still were not in either a political or economic position to reject Frericks’ plan. In addition, letters sent between Frericks and members of the Miami Conservancy, it was evident that public officials agreed to the plan because they felt it would provide a stimulus to the local economy.  However, others were less happy by the feeling UD was forcing their hand. Through the rest of October and much of November papers featured headlines such as “Commissioner Wine Criticizes Mayor Hall’s Comments on the Arena.” Commission Member Joseph D. Wine argued “the Mayor was trying to ‘railroad’ the UD proposal through the city commission.” 
Ultimately, under growing pressure, in November the board agreed to a future vote on plans that would allow UD to build. Weeks later Commission members Joseph D. Wine, Robert L. Schel, and backed by Mayor Dave Hall, swayed the vote 3-2 for the arena to be located southwest of Welcome Stadium  In the end city officials could not pass-up the opportunity to extract revenue from UD’s plan for a good cause by turning over the remaining 30 acres held by the Miami Conservancy over to the Dayton Public School system. In this way, parking fees charged at stadium events would provide money for the schools . The university would pay for the asphalt on which the cars parked and the public schools the land below it.