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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

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 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

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

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.

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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  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 and  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, 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, or visit Disney on Ice on Facebook and YouTube.