UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced on Tuesday, August 8 the launch of a survey that will assess the experience and needs of visitors to the Nexus Center. The survey comes as the facility nears its one-year anniversary in November.

Picente first announced the survey during his State of the County Address in April. He said the survey will allow the county – along with developers and business owners – to deliver more options to the area.

“Since opening last November, the Utica University Nexus Center has been visited more than 410,000 times by people from all over the country, quickly becoming a focal point and popular destination in downtown Utica and all of Oneida County,” Picente said in a statement. “The Nexus Center’s success has created opportunity for even more growth. By hearing directly from people who frequent the state-of-the-art facility – some from hundreds of miles away – we will be able to understand not only what brought them there, but what will lead to an even better experience and ultimately bring them back. The overall experience encompasses more than a game or practice. Providing more to do while connecting people to our many existing sites and attractions, is a win-win for all.”

The online survey can be accessed through QR codes posted throughout the Nexus Center and will also be pushed to visitors through geofencing technology. The survey will also be e-mailed to teams participating in tournaments and other events being held at the Center.

“This survey is a great opportunity for us to hear from the players, spectators, and families that fill the Utica University Nexus Center every week,” Mohawk Valley Garden President Rob Esche, who manages the Nexus Center, said in a statement. “Our staff is constantly working to improve our facility and make it the best experience possible. The results of this survey will help the County, Upper Mohawk Valley Auditorium Authority and Mohawk Valley Garden better serve the community, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

The survey will tell the county such things as:

•              What event or activity brought the respondent to the Nexus Center

•              What form of transportation they used to get there

•              Accessibility of the facility and the traffic and safety of the area

•              Dining, retail and lodging options

•              Other activities and attractions utilized during visit

The Nexus Center is scheduled to host a wrestling show on Saturday, August 12 as well as the National Collegiate Box Series from Sunday to Wednesday, August 13 through the 16. Utica City FC will be hosting the MASL’s Combine and Draft there in October, and next year, the World Box Lacrosse Championships will be played there as well.

The results of the survey are expected to be evaluated and presented early next year. Questions about the survey can be directed to James Genovese, the Oneida County Commissioner of Planning, at 315-798-5710 or via email at jgenovese@ocgov.net. You can also access the survey at the link below.

Utica University Nexus Center Survey