Bring Memorial Hall to life with eSports? Hutton to make case to city

A rendering from Hutton of Memorial Hall


“WHAT IF?” That’s the question Hutton is asking in its presentation materials that propose developing Salina’s Memorial Hall into a multi-use facility with a primary focus on eSports.

Hutton is scheduled to make its presentation to the Salina City Commission during a study session at 3 p.m. Monday.

About the meeting

Study sessions and city commission meetings will take place in–person in room 107 of the City-County Building, 300 West Ash Street, and via Zoom until further notice. Meetings also can be viewed at the City of Salina YouTube channel,

To participate via Zoom, citizens will need to use the following link:

The meeting also can be accessed by phone at 1-346-248-7799. Enter Meeting ID:892 7598 4587 when prompted.

If citizens wish to speak, either during the public forum or when the mayor requests public comment on an item, citizens attending via Zoom must raise their hands so that the meeting host can allow them to speak. Those who attend the in-person meeting will have the opportunity to speak at the podium.

Citizens also can send written comments or questions to city commissioners via email at [email protected].

In order for the commissioners to have an opportunity to review comments in advance of the meeting, please email your comments or questions by 5 p.m. the Sunday prior to the Monday meetings.

Study session

Hutton noted in its presentation materials that eSports would engage Gen Z – those persons born between 1997 and 2012 – and would generate in- and out-of-market tourism. According to Hutton, eSports is a $1 billion global industry and in the United States, eSports events attract up to 70 percent out-of-market tourists.

More than 170 colleges and universities are members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), including Salina’s own Kansas Wesleyan University.

To see Hutton’s presentation materials for the Salina City Commission study session Monday, click here.

Regular meeting

The regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. A time for public comment is scheduled near the beginning of the meeting.

During the meeting, commissioners are scheduled to consider a request to proclaim the week of Oct. 17-23 as Friends of the Salina Public Library Week in the City of Salina. Gretta Kontas is scheduled to read the proclamation.

Commissioners also are scheduled to hear the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would update the regulation of animal feces to include the requirement of a feces-capturing, diapering apparatus for owners and operators of horse drawn vehicles.

Other items on the Salina City Commission agenda for Monday include the following.

●Conduct a public hearing for a dangerous structure at 133 S. Penn Avenue.

●Hear the first reading of two proposed ordinances related to Lakeview Estates II. One proposed ordinance would annex a 34-acre tract of land on the east side of S. Ohio Street between E. Magnolia Road and E. Schilling Road. The other proposed ordinance would change the zoning district classification from Saline County AG (agricultural) to PDD R2.5 (multi-family residential), PDD R-2 (multi-family residential), R-2.5 (multi-family residential), and C-1 (restricted business) and approval of a preliminary development plan for an assisted living/memory care facility on an eight-acre portion of the 34-acre tract of land located between S. Ohio Street and the Knox Sandpit.

●Hear the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would change the zoning district classification for property located at 104 E. Magnolia Road directly south of the former J.C. Penney’s store location from PDD (C-1) district to PDD (C-3) and approval of an amended preliminary/final development plan to allow construction of an Atwell Suites hotel.

To view the entire Salina City Commission meeting packet (168 pages), click here. You also can open agenda items individually.

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