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UPDATE: Hundreds protest proposed Henderson Event Center location after favorable survey

Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 11:44:05-04

UPDATE MAY 2: While the results of a recent survey concluded that "71% of Henderson residents believe the project, as proposed, would be good for Henderson," hundreds took to the streets today to protest.

A caravan of vehicles made their way past the proposed site for the new AHL arena in Henderson, expressing their concerns over the location.

Those in attendance are asking the city to find a new location for the proposed venue.

ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Henderson today released the results of a recent survey of Henderson residents to obtain information about residents opinion on proposed development of an enclosed year-round event center that would replace the existing Henderson Pavilion.

The statistically valid survey was done during March and April 2020 via web and telephone with nearly 400 Henderson residents.

PREVIOUS STORY: Henderson approves $60M in bonds for new AHL arena

Survey results have a 95 percent confidence interval and indicate the following:

- 71% of Henderson residents believe the project, as proposed, would be good for Henderson.

- 71% thought a minor league hockey team would be good for the City.

- 69% of respondents either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the redevelopment of the Henderson Pavilion into an enclosed, 6,000-seat entertainment venue.

- 11% of respondents felt the venue would have a negative impact on their home values.

- At a rate of nearly two-to-one, (54% vs. 29%) respondents opted to spend approximately 30% more in a public-private partnership that would result in the development of an enclosed 6,000-seat entertainment venue as opposed to enclosing the existing venue as is.

- Approximately two-thirds (66%) of households indicated they or someone in their household would likely attend an event at least annually at the new proposed facility.

The new facility would accommodate civic events of all kinds, including minor league hockey.

The proposed design would accommodate approximately 6,000 people.

For more information on the proposed Henderson Event Center, visit their website here.