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Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees Holds Annual Meeting

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees Holds Annual Meeting

2014 Was 24th Consecutive Year With At Least 1 Million Visitors

Strong Fourth Quarter Helps Recovery From Weather Plagued First Quarter of 2014 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum hosted a total of 1,020,685 visitors in 2014, the 24th consecutive year that the facility saw at least 1 Million guests. This and other details of financial performance from 2014 were reviewed at the annual meeting of the Coliseum Board of Trustees on Wednesday, February 11.

Randy L. Brown, Executive Vice President & General Manager, explained to trustees that a strong fourth quarter with a number of major events allowed for a financial recovery from earlier in the year, when it snowed 11 of the first 14 weekends of 2014. Financially, the Coliseum finished the year in the black, with net revenues of $34,180.

“At a time when many arena and convention venues are a financial drain on their communities,” Brown explained, “the Memorial Coliseum continues to out-perform most venues in the industry. In fact, 100% of our $5.2 million of revenue was earned revenues from operations. Our day-to-day operations are not municipally funded.”

Other 2014 performance highlights included a 1% increase in Event Use Days, to 1,302, as well as, an estimated economic impact to the greater Allen County community of $100,425,976, in the form of direct and indirect spending.

“Economic impact is what it’s all about,” Brown said. “It means jobs for the service and hospitality industries – hotels, restaurants, retail – from visitors who attend events.”

The board also elected officers for 2015: Mac Parker, president; Laura Rhoades, first vice president; Phil GiaQuinta, second vice president; Maye Johnson, treasurer; and Dennis Sutton, secretary. William Fishering, of Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin was reappointed as the Coliseum’s legal counsel.

Brown and Jerry Noble, of MSKTD & Associates, then gave the board a report on Conference Center construction and detailed summer capital improvements planned.

The Conference Center is on schedule to open on January 1, 2016, with the first event being the Bridal Spectacular & Beyond wedding show, the following weekend.

The board approved five summer capital improvement projects. The first project will be replacing all 168 sports lighting fixtures in the arena with high efficiency LED fixtures, providing “instant on” functionality and maintenance and utility savings. Other projects include renovation of the Komets and Mad Ants locker rooms, upgrading the ice making compressor and replacing the scoring section of the four-sided main arena scoreboard. Finally, work will commence to build “Veterans Plaza” on the north side of the arena, visible from the intersection of Coliseum Boulevard and Parnell Avenue, bringing the plane, eternal flame and anchor from the USS Indiana, together in one central location.

“The Veterans Plaza project is exciting because it’s about our mission – to be a living memorial to veterans,” Brown said.

In Brown’s report to the board, he also highlighted an increase in attendance in January, up 26% over the same period in 2014, with 170,478 guests. There are five announced concerts or major events, so far, for 2015: Eric Church on March 18, Winter Jam on March 19, Theresa Caputo on April 15, Jason Aldean on May 9 and Women of Faith on July 31 and August 1.

The board was informed that the Coliseum was ranked No. 15 and No. 11, respectively, in the last two Venues Today magazine “Top Stop” reporting periods, mentioned among venues with capacities 10,001 to 15,000 from all over the world.

 

Theresa Caputo comes to the Memorial Coliseum on April 15

TLC’S LONG ISLAND MEDIUM COMES TO THE MEMORIAL COLISEUM APRIL 15

Fort Wayne, Ind.– Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800.745.3000, or at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. (Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.)

The highly-rated show Long Island Medium follows Theresa’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference – she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time. The local car mechanic, manicurist or cashier at the bagel shop may find themselves receiving a spontaneous reading from Theresa as she goes about her day. The unique challenges that her special abilities create for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and her two children, aged 20 and 24, and how they cope, are also a main theme on the show.

Theresa’s second book titled “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” was released in September 2014 and debuted at #9 on the NY Times Best Seller List. Her first book titled “There’s More to Life Than This” debuted in the fall of 2013.

Theresa has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting science with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Theresa, this is not just her job – this is her life. Learn more about Theresa at www.theresacaputo.com.

The 34th Annual Boat Show Returns to Fort Wayne February 12-15

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— For the 34th year, the Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale returns to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum February 12-15.

Over 60 exhibitors, including 20 area marine dealers from Indiana and Michigan, will fill the 108,000 square-foot Expo Center. The show features goods and services related to: wet suits, wake boards, floats, water toys, lifts, piers, docks, boat covers, boat repair, patio furniture and golf carts. Attendees will also find incredible prices, low financing and special incentives on boats, personal watercraft, accessories, piers and much more.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a Water & Boating Safety class on Saturday, February 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The class is free to the public (ages 13+), and attendees can register at the DNR booth at the Boat Show or on the Indiana DNR website at http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/56549. For further questions about the class, please contact the DNR Office at 260-244-3720.

Admission to the Boat Show & Sale is $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Discount coupons are also available at www.fortwayneboatshow.com.

Show hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit www.fortwayneboatshow.com.

Memorial Coliseum Named No. 15 in the World on Venues Today “Top Stop” List for Nov-Dec 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is No. 15 in the world for concert ticket sales, among similar-sized venues, on the Venues Today “Top Stop” rankings for the November–December 2014 reporting period.

The ranking, released in the January 2015 issue of Venues Today, was based on concert and event grosses from November 16 through December 15, 2014, as reported to the industry leading publication.

The top five venues on the list were the Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre at No. 1; the O2 World Hamburg Arena in Germany at No. 2; the Mediolamum Forum in Milan, Italy at No. 3; the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. at No. 4; and the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia at No. 5.

This most recent ranking includes the Slipknot & Korn concert on November 23 and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert on December 5, among other events. The rankings are among similar sized venues, seating between 10,001 and 15,000 people.

For more information, visit www.venuestoday.com.

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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