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ERIC CHURCH BRINGS “THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR” TO THE MEMORIAL COLISEUM MARCH 18, 2015

Fort Wayne, Ind. – EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring “The Outsiders World Tour” to Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. and are available at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Special guests on the show include Drive-By Truckers.

After closing out 2014 with country music’s top-selling album, the Platinum-certified and genre-busting The Outsiders, Eric Church storms in to 2015 with four GRAMMY nominations (Best Country Album for The Outsiders, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Best Country Group/Duo Performance for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban) and a new addition to his widely successful Outsiders World Tour 2015.

“Eric Church is our greatest working rock star” proclaimed Stereogum, referring to Church as “…. a down-home everyman whose conversational vocal delivery surges into something huge when it needs to and who comes off as a perfectly genuine human being even when leading the choreographed rigors of an arena show.” The Philadelphia Inquirer described “how superior the North Carolina artist is, in style and substance, to other big-name pop-country acts packing sports venues these days,” while The Memphis Commercial Appeal predicted, “at this level, and on the strength of an album as sharp as The Outsiders, Church is arguably both the mainstream country artist of the year and the mainstream rock artist of the year and his show made a case for that blend….” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced “…he’s a contender for the new Boss of his genre. That genre is country, but this late bloomer from North Carolina is the kind of Southern rocker who will ‘Pledge Allegiance to the Hag’ (as in Merle Haggard) while also splashing some of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ into the intro to ‘I’m Gettin’ Stoned.’”

Church’s current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, featuring his No. 1 hit “Give Me Back My Hometown” and his current single “Talladega.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified album Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were both certified Gold. Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”

To learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com and www.facebook.com/ericchurch  or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.

Disney on Ice Returns to the Memorial Coliseum for Seven Shows in March

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production! Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, will take audiences on a sightseeing tour of the imagination. This ice spectacular visits Fort Wayne from March 26-29 for seven performances at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure start at $15.50 and are on sale now and available through www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office. Tickets are affordably priced, with special $12.50 tickets for Opening Night and $20.50 and $15.50 for all other performances. There are a limited number of $30.50 VIP and $45.50 Front Row tickets available. The show has seven great performances to choose from:  Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.  You’ll explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.

Upbeat music, loveable characters and exciting destinations make Passport to Adventure a holiday you’ll never forget. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Audiences will be entranced as they experience this exciting excursion — one that will fill the arena with magic, music, and best of all, Mickey and Minnie!

To learn more about Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, visit www.DisneyOnIce.com, or visit Disney on Ice on Facebook and YouTube.

Zip through the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show – January 23-25, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— For the first time, adventurists of all ages can zipline from almost three stories high and soar over a 25,000-gallon kayak lagoon January 23-25 at the 6th annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show (OSLC) at the Memorial Coliseum.

Showgoers will be able to take zipline flights and fish in two stocked ponds as part of a fundraiser set up for the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Chapter—a nonprofit that raises money to honor World War II military veterans by sending them on a one-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit the war memorials. Each Honor Flight costs around $60,000, and in 2015, the chapter is hopes to send close to 300 military veterans total on four separate flights starting this spring. The Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Chapter will be at the three-day OSLC show hosting presentations and taking applications from families of living World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Show admission for active military or veterans is half off—only $5.

Among the return of boat rides, youth archery lessons and an air rifle shooting range, are new show features including chainsaw woodcarving demonstrations (and auction for the honor flights), inflatable BB gun range and military vehicle display from the National Military History Center. And for the first time, Schnelker Marine Focus Powersports will have official Bass Pro Shop products on-site for purchase including fishing and pontoon boats, and also present fishing seminars throughout the weekend.

An amateur lumberjack competition will feature local Air Force vs. Marines, and Army vs. Navy branches competing against one another on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The popular STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Show, as seen on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” Discovery Channel’s “The Travelers” and MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules,” will return to entertain audiences by speed climbing 45-feet high, ax throwing, log rolling, as well as cross-cut and hot sawing. Daily shows are set for 5, 6:30, and 8 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Over 100 outdoor exhibitors will fill the 108,000 square-foot space with a wide range of sporting goods and services related to: biking, hiking, camping and fitness, hunting and fishing, boats and water sports, vacation and travel, recreational vehicles and motorsports, cottage living and more.

“It’s a great way for the whole family to break away from feeling cooped up at home, and instead, recreate the great outdoors under one roof,” said David Marquart, director of operations for Coliseum Productions. “While the drab winter might keep us inside more, our show helps motivate people to be active and start planning for their outdoor adventures.”

On Sunday from 3-5 p.m., the fiddle and guitar duo Hubie Ashcraft & Travis Gow will close out the show with a “Salute to Local Heroes” tribute concert and free Blue Bell ice cream social. Military families can enjoy complimentary fishing and zipline rides during that time as well.

Cost is $10 for adults and is valid for re-admission all weekend. Children 12 and under are free. Two-dollar discount coupons are available on SportsandCabinShow.com, and at Fort Wayne area Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores prior to the show. Mizpah Shrine Circus attendees (also at the Coliseum that same weekend) receive $2 off admission with a ticket stub, but is not valid combined with other offers.

Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, log on SportsandCabinShow.com.

Jeff Alcox receives Certified Ice Technician Designation

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jeff Alcox, Operations Supervisor at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, has recently completed and passed exams to become a Certified Ice Technician (CIT). CIT professional designation, recognized by the National Hockey League (NHL), is the most highly regarded professional designation for ice rink operations professionals.

To achieve the CIT designation, an individual must complete three operational courses and exams in areas including Basic Refrigeration, Ice Making and Painting Technologies, and Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations.

Alcox traveled to trainings in three different states to complete his courses and exams, and he is the only person at the Memorial Coliseum to hold this professional designation.

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Memorial Coliseum to host Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Army Navy Union #57, the Allen County Council of Veterans and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will host a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony in Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend and honor the men and women who were lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Guests attending the ceremony can enter the Memorial Coliseum parking lot from Parnell Avenue near Memorial Hall and park close to the building and enter at the Memorial Hall entrance by the anchor.

For more information about the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony, contact Sue Balsamo at (260) 705-9901 or via email at pbsb6920@yahoo.com.

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CHER CANCELS UPCOMING “DRESSED TO KILL” TOUR DATES

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With enormous regret, Cher has announced the cancellation of all remaining dates on her Dressed To Kill (D2K) concert tour, including the rescheduled visit to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Beginning in March, the multi-award-winning superstar completed 49 sold out concerts to unanimous rave reviews before taking a scheduled break in July.

Shortly before returning to the road in September, she was felled by an infection that affected her kidney function. While her progress has been consistent, Cher’s doctors have advised her to take more time to ensure a complete and total recovery.

Commented Cher: “I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started.”

Ticket holders may obtain a refund at the point of purchase. The cancelled dates are as follows:

 

November 9, 2014 Lubbock, TX United Supermarkets Arena

November 11, 2014 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

November 13, 2014 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center

November 15, 2014 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center

November 17, 2014 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Bay Center

November 19, 2014 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum

November 23, 2014 Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills

December 2, 2014 Allentown, PA PPL Center

December 4, 2014 Albany, NY Times Union Center

December 6, 2014 Washington D.C. Verizon Center

December 8, 2014 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

December 10, 2014 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

December 12, 2014 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

December 13, 2014 Hartford, CT XL Center

December 15, 2014 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

January 5, 2015 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

January 7, 2015 Boston, MA TD Garden

January 9, 2015 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center

January 11, 2015 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

January 13, 2015 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

January 15, 2015 Ft Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

January 17, 2015 Green Bay, WI Resch Center

January 19, 2015 Moline, IL iWireless Center

January 21, 2015 Chicago, IL United Center

January 23, 2015 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

January 25, 2015 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center

January 27, 2015 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center

January 29, 2015 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena

February 4, 2015 Fargo, ND Fargodome

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Jason Aldean brings 2015 Burn It Down Tour to Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Country superstar, Jason Aldean, hits the stage at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Joined by special guests Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, and Dee Jay Silver, Aldeans’s 2015 Burn it Down Tour is sure to leave fans wanting more. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. and are available at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

ABOUT JASON ALDEAN: Two-time ACM “Male Vocalist Of The Year” Jason Aldean released his sixth studio album Old Boots, New Dirt on October 7, 2014. The release’s smoking lead single “Burnin’ It Down” earned platinum certification in only 9 weeks, making it the fastest selling single of 2014.

Aldean has sold over nine million albums and has taken 13 trips to #1 on the Country Radio charts. Each of Aldean’s albums has been certified platinum with his last album Night Train earning platinum certification only four weeks from its release. Aldean was recently recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the Top Digital Male Country Artist in History with sales totaling over 21 million downloads. He is currently headlining his monumental Burn it Down Tour, which saw him play five stadium dates in addition to sold-out shows in the country’s biggest amphitheaters and arenas.

ABOUT COLE SWINDELL: Breakout country artist and CMA Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” nominee Cole Swindell released his self-titled debut album earlier this year, claiming the title of highest selling country debut since 2011 and featuring Swindell’s latest single, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” along with his first two consecutive No. one singles, the gold certified hit “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” and the platinum certified smash “Chillin’ It.”

ABOUT TYLER FARR: Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr broke through the country and all genre charts last year with his debut album, Redneck Crazy, which landed at #2 on the Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, marking the year’s highest entry by a debut male country artist on the all-genre Billboard 200 album sales chart at its debut. His #1, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” was called the “song of the summer” by The New York Times and earned Tyler a CMT nomination for “Breakthrough Video of The Year.” Farr went on to celebrate back-to-back #1 singles, and his first #1 as a songwriter, with his Gold-certified hit “Whiskey in My Water.”

ABOUT DEE JAY SILVER: RCA Nashville recording artist Dee Jay Silver has been a top touring DJ/remixer/producer for more than 10 years, having played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Currently on tour with superstar Brad Paisley, Silver recently spent two years on the road with Jason Aldean and has toured with such artists as Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Chris Young and many more, entertaining millions of listeners with his unique brand of party rock country style of music mixing. His high-energy performances get the crowds moving – whether in stadiums paving the way for each new act coming on stage, or at top clubs and parties throughout North America.

Justin Moore at the Memorial Coliseum – UPDATE

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Concert organizers have just announced that a limited number of discounted tickets will be released for Justin Moore’s Fort Wayne concert. Justin will be joined by Colt Ford and Jordan Rager for his Off the Beaten Path Tour at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Friday, November 14th. These tickets will be discounted to $5 (plus facility & convenience fees) and will be available at 10am on Tuesday, November 11 at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

ABOUT JUSTIN MOORE: ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore added a second consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Country Albums Chart to his list of accolades with OFF THE BEATEN PATH (The Valory Music Co.), which has already produced Justin’s fourth and fifth #1 hits – “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.” Combined with his previous GOLD-certified albums – JUSTIN MOORE and OUTLAWS LIKE ME – he has sold over 6.3 million digital downloads.

Justin recorded “Home Sweet Home” for the upcoming NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A TRIBUTE TO MÖTLEY CRÜE, in stores August 19. The track features Mötley Crüe front man, Vince Neil. Justin has appeared on NBC’s The Voice Finale and The Queen Latifah Show while his music has been featured on the ABC hit drama “NASHVILLE,” Hannity & Colmes and NFL Rewind. Additionally, publications such as The Washington Post, People Country, Billboard and USA Today have profiled the talented singer/songwriter.

ABOUT COLT FORD: Colt Ford is just an unassuming good old country boy from Georgia, a one-time pro golfer turned songwriter and musician who has struck a chord with his growing fan base. On Thanks for Listening, his fifth album on his own perfectly named Average Joes Entertainment label, he returns the favor, offering his audience a humble token of his appreciation.

With his groundbreaking blend of country music and hip-hop rhythms, Ford is a cultural force who is ready to go from cult status to a household name, from the mud trucker events where he started to arena stages, where he’ll next be seen sharing the bill with Toby Keith on his “Shut Up and Hold On” summer tour, where thousands of red solo cups will be raised in celebration.

The follow-up to 2012’s chart-topping Declaration of Independence, which remained on the Billboard Country Album chart for more than 58 weeks, Thanks for Listening features collaborations with such pals as Keith Urban (“She’s Like”), Duck Dynasty’s Boss Hog, Willie Robertson (“Cut ‘Em All”), Jerrod Niemann (“Crickets”), Randy Houser (“Washed in the Mud”), Justin Moore (“Farm Life”), Chase Rice (the first single, “The High Life”), Lee Brice (“Sip It Slow”), Walker Hayes (“Dirty Side”) and Daniel Lee (the title track).

ABOUT JORDAN RAGER: Twenty year-old Jordan Rager is a singer/songwriter from Loganville, Georgia. Music is his passion. His appearance on the NBC smash television show “The Voice” thrust him on to the national spotlight. He was selected to be on Team Blake Shelton, who described Jordan as a “sure-fire country star in the making.” Also in 2012 he released an independent cd entitled “Burning Gasoline,” which included 12 original songs, many of which have been played on Backyard Country on Atlanta’s 94.9 The Bull.

Allen County Commissioners approve ACWMC Expo Center Expansion Project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Today, the Allen County Commissioners awarded contracts kicking off the Expo Center Expansion project at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project will be held Monday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. Members of the Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees, Allen County Commissioners, state officials and other key figures in the project will be present to begin the project, and the public is invited to attend.

The Expo Center expansion will consist of more than 50,000 square feet of new space, including approximately 29,000 square feet of multi-purpose event space and expanded pre-function and service areas. Funding for the nearly $15 million project comes from earned tax revenues collected within the Professional Sports & Convention Development Area (PSCDA), which boundaries include the Memorial Coliseum.

“The new facility will enable the Coliseum to attract back events that have outgrown the space and accommodate our large exhibition events that have been asking for more space,” said Randy Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. “This expansion will further increase the over $100 million annual economic benefit of the Memorial Coliseum to the greater Allen County community.”

Construction is expected to start immediately and be finished before January of 2016. MSTKD is the project architect and Weigand Construction won the bid for the construction project. About 27 subcontractors, a majority of which are from the Allen County area, will assist with construction on the project, and over 100 new construction jobs will be created over the year-long construction timeline.

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