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Women of Faith Celebrates 20 Years as Nationwide ‘Loved: The Farewell Tour’ Comes to the Memorial Coliseum

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Thousands of women will gather in Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for ‘Loved: The Farewell Tour’ on July 31- August 1 for a weekend of celebration, stories, humor, and hope. Popular speakers, powerful dramas, and award-winning music combine for an experience that will resonate with women who need the assurance they are loved.

The day-and-a-half experience kicks off Friday evening, with doors opening Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the event running 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and doors opening Saturday at 8 a.m., with the event running 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Wayne is the fourth stop for the 2015 Women of Faith tour, which is scheduled in 18 cities nationwide. Ticket prices range from $99 to $199 and can be purchased on, by calling 800-745-3000, or in person at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office.  Group discounts are available. To register a group, please visit

Beloved speakers and bestselling authors Patsy Clairmont, Mary Graham, Jen Hatmker, Sarah Jakes, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Thelma Wells, Marilyn Meberg, Anna Trent, and many more are scheduled to headline the event.

Long before reality TV, Women of Faith speakers were candidly sharing their real problems and challenges, all the while reassuring those in the audience that God is with us even in the pain of life. In a refreshing and characteristically authentic style, speakers on the Women of Faith platform tell the honest truth—about their struggles, their disappointments, their heartaches, and their joys. Throughout the weekend, women begin to see their own story in the lives of the speakers. They realize—often for the first time—they are not alone.

A few of the speakers share their perspective of what a weekend together with thousands of other women can mean:

Patsy Clairmont says, “If you give your people a little break from you and you have an emotional break from them, when you come back together it is even sweeter than ever before. It will be great.”

“It’s the opportunity for you to be instrumental in bringing neighbors, or friends or people that you may not know well to an event where they’re going to hear life changing words. They’re going to be inspired to make life-changing decisions—all because you thought about them,” says Marilyn Meberg.

“I know that I’m a better mom, and I’m a better wife and I’m a better friend for having been together with my girlfriends,” says Sandi Patty.

Sheila Walsh encourages, “This is the perfect year where the doors are open wide. Invite every woman you know and love to come to the 2015 weekend and let them be Loved.”


Women of Faith™ is now in its 20th year of hosting the premiere interdenominational Christian events for women in the U.S., welcoming more than 5 million to events in 89 cities. Recognizing that all women are faced with challenges in their daily lives—whether they’ve lost hope in their marriages, dreams, families, jobs, friendships, finances, or in God Himself—Women of Faith™ wants to encourage them that God loves them.

Uplifting and inspirational messages from world-class authors and performers offer relevant personal stories and practical applications for spiritual renewal, authentic connection with other women, and a deeper faith experience. For more information, visit



photo credit Gannon Burgett

Ephesus Lighting selected for project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – This summer, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will upgrade to LED lighting in the arena. Installation will begin mid-June and be completed by mid-September before the Komets and Mad Ants seasons begin in the fall.

Ephesus Lighting, the leader in developing high-output LED lighting solutions for sports and entertainment venues, has been selected for the project. The Ephesus LED Lighting solution will generate significantly more light than the previous metal-halide system with a dramatic reduction in wattage. Controlled by the Ephesus wireless control system, the new lighting solution allows for a variety of pre-programmed entertaining light shows. Additionally, the LED lighting solution is expected to save more than 80 percent in annual energy and maintenance costs.

“Guest experience is at the top of the list of how we evaluate new investments for our facility,” said Randy L. Brown, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. “We believe that the Ephesus LED solution will give our guests and fans of our sports tenants something to be excited about, while providing us enhanced efficiency and savings on utility costs.”

Ephesus Lighting has led the LED lighting explosion at sports and entertainment facilities across North America by engineering LED lighting solutions that provide a significant increase in illumination when compared to all other lighting systems.  Ephesus’ LED lighting is brighter, and through its industry-leading glare-control system its fixtures shine more uniformly on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players and fans both in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television.  The versatility of LED also allows for operational flexibility and the creation of programmable light shows for fan entertainment.  And, since LED lights can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch, if a power outage were to cause a blackout, they can be turned back on immediately.  Ephesus LED solutions are easy to install, maintenance-free for years and offer facilities the lowest total operating costs.

Since lighting the first sports venue with LED technology in North America in 2012, Ephesus Lighting luminaires have been operational for over 20 million hours at indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North America including: University of Phoenix Stadium, the home field of the NFL Arizona Cardinals; the Canadian Tire Centre, home ice of the NHL Ottawa Senators; and top college arenas and stadiums at Duke, Cornell, the Naval Academy, the University of Rhode Island and many more.

View a demonstration of Ephesus Lighting in a hockey arena click the link below.
Ephesus Lighting and Controls Demonstrated in a Professional Hockey Arena


Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Ranks No. 9 in the World on Venues Today “Social Media Power 100” List for May 2015

Coliseum also ranked No. 15 among the “Top Stops” for March & April

Fort Wayne, Ind. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is No. 9 in the world for social media engagement, among similar-sized venues, on the Venues Today “Social Media Power 100” ranking. The Memorial Coliseum is the only Indiana venue to make the list.

The ranking, released in the May 2015 issue of Venues Today, measures and ranks a venue’s digital marketing reach using the “big three” digital platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To determine the list position, points are given for the total number of Facebook “Likes” and check-ins, Twitter followers and number of account tweets, and Instagram followers and photo posts for the venue’s social media accounts. Foursquare “Check-Ins” are also included as a way to measure the on-site social media platform engagement.

The top five venues on the list were Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario at No. 1; Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas at No. 2; the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba at No. 3; Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan at No. 4; and the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia at No. 5.

The Memorial Coliseum’s social media accounts are managed by Michele Platte, Marketing & Media Coordinator and Nathan Dennison, Vice President of Sales.

The Memorial Coliseum also made the publication’s “Top Stops” listing, ranking No. 15 among similar sized venues seating between 10,001 and 15,000 people. This ranking is based events from March 16 through April 15, 2015, and includes the Eric Church concert on March 18, the Winter Jam concert on March 19, and Theresa Caputo Live! on April 15.

The top five venues on the “Top Stops” list were the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia at No. 1; Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland at No. 2; Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre at No. 3; the Perth (Australia) Arena at No. 4; and Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas at No. 5.

For more information on these two lists, visit



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The public is invited to support the Allen County Council of Veterans during the annual Memorial Day Parade on Parnell Avenue and the Ceremony at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Monday, May 25.

The parade, which begins at the corner of Parnell Avenue and State Boulevard, will start at approximately 11:00 a.m. and end at the Memorial Coliseum. After the parade, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony just outside of the Coliseum’s Memorial Hall.

Additionally, the Allen County Council of Veterans will hold their annual watchfire event from 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22 until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 at the Veterans Memorial Shrine, located at 2122 O’Day Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818.

For more information about the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, contact Allen County Council of Veterans c/o Craig Savage at (260) 710-5965 or via email at

Tickets For Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales On Sale May 12, 2015

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.

An enchanted quest featuring more than 25 Disney characters, this stage production from Feld Entertainment®, the producers of Disney On Ice, performs at Expo Center at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on October 23, 2015. Tickets will go on sale to the public on May 12.

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they take audiences on a captivating journey and magically bring to life three timeless fairy tale adventures. Discover Snow White as she searches for her one true love; Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball; and Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Anchored amidst a transforming set, captivating choreography, innovative lighting and breathtaking costumes, this authentically-woven tale of “happily-ever-after” is a heart-warming Disney experience for the entire family.

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Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red Tour at Memorial Coliseum on November 5, 2015

– Grammy and Dove® award-winning, Christian worship sensation Chris Tomlin hits the road again this fall for his “Love Ran Red” Tour, featuring Rend Collective.

The tour will stop at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, November 5. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The highly anticipated night of worship will feature new songs from Tomlin’s new release, Love Ran Red album along with an array of hits from the past.  With nine albums, 12 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award and eight additional nominations, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time magazine as “most likely the most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs, with 4 of them being in the top 10.

Opening the show will be energetic Northern Irish worship favorites Rend Collective.

WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour Coming To Fort Wayne June 21, 2015

WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour Coming To Fort Wayne June 21
Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, April 11 at 10:00am

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Fresh off a record-setting WrestleMania event this past Sunday, WWE has announced that the WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour will be coming to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or charge-by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets start at just $17.00.




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


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, 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