BANGOR  — Bangor voters say they’re eager to build a new municipal arena in the eastern Maine city.

By a margin of 3-to-1, voters Wednesday approved plans for the $65 million, 8,000-person arena with adjoining convention center.

The money for the project will come from a slot machine operation in the city and funds used for downtown projects.

The Bangor Daily News says unofficial results show 4,107 voters said “yes” to the proposal and 1,363 voted “no.”

City officials and members of the local business community have been united in support of the arena, proposed as the linchpin for future economic development in the city. They hope the arena can make Bangor a regional entertainment destination.