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Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
is a 13,000-seat multi-purpose arena located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, near present-day Johnny Appleseed Park. It opened in 1952 with a construction cost of nearly $3 million. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
was originally designed to seat 8,103 for hockey or 10,240 for basketball. Opened in 1989, the Coliseum's $26 million Exposition Center contains 108,000-ft² (0.100-km²) devoted to hosting substantial trade shows and other events with seating for 7,500. In 2002, an extensive $35 million renovation and expansion raised the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum's roof by 41 feet (12 m), thus increasing the arena's seating capacity to 10,500 for hockey or music concerts and 13,000 for basketball. The structure was designed by A.M. Strauss Architects.


1 Sports

1.1 Major events

2 Related facilities

2.1 Exposition Center 2.2 Grounds 2.3 Recent construction

3 Other events

3.1 The Rumble in Fort Wayne 3.2 Politics

4 References 5 External links

Sports[edit] The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
is the current home of:

the Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne Komets
of the ECHL
ice hockey league, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
of the NBA G League, and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls
Fort Wayne Derby Girls
of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Division 2.

Major events[edit] In basketball, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
has hosted the 1955 and 1956 NBA Finals, the 1953 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2014 and 2015 NBA D-League Finals.[2] Memorial Coliseum has also hosted several NCAA events, including the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball
Tournaments and the 1988, 1994, and 2000 NCAA
Final Four Men's Division I Volleyball Championships. Most recently, the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
hosted the 2010 NCAA
Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament Midwest Regional at Memorial Coliseum.[3] It also hosted several live events by World Wrestling Entertainment as well as the sectional, regional and semistate championships of the IHSAA Boys Basketball
Tournament during the one-class era. The Coliseum was selected in April 2017 as one of the sites for the "Sweet 16" round of the 2020 NCAA
Division I Women's Basketball Championship and the "Final Four" of the NCAA
Men's Division III Basketball
Championship in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.[4] Related facilities[edit] The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
complex includes the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Exposition Center and Holiday Inn, managed in cooperation with IPFW. Exposition Center[edit] Within the same complex as the arena, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Exposition Center contains 108,000-ft² (0.100-km²) devoted to hosting substantial trade shows, banquets, graduation ceremonies, concerts, truck and tractor pulls, and wrestling matches, with the capability of seating 7,500 guests.[5] When no events are scheduled for the arena, the Exposition Center's capacity can extend to a total of 175,000-ft² (0.162-km²). The Exposition Center was added in the $26 million renovation and expansion of the complex, completed in 1989.

The arena during a Komets hockey game.

Grounds[edit] The grounds immediately surrounding the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum display the anchor from World War II's USS Indiana battleship. South and east of the central complex is an expansive parking lot, containing 4,500 available parking spaces.[6] To the south and west along the St. Joseph River, lies Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed
Park, containing the gravesite of American folklore
American folklore
figure John Chapman. To the north and northeast is the IPFW
campus, especially the portion of the IPFW
campus located on the western bank of the St. Joseph, on which a 151-room Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn
is located.[7] Recent construction[edit] In 2013, a $3.96 million renovation and expansion of the 200 Level was completed. The project included upgraded restrooms with LED lighting, no-touch sinks, no-touch toilets, and no-touch urinals, and the addition of two food courts with three new vendors. Other restrooms throughout the Memorial Coliseum were upgraded in 2014.[8] The ribbon cutting ceremony was October 11, 2013. Other events[edit] The Rumble in Fort Wayne[edit] The Rumble in Fort Wayne is an indoor midget car racing event held every year, on a 1/6th mile flat oval in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Exposition Center, since its inception in 1998. Taking place at the end of the year, and after most major racing series seasons have ended, has allowed drivers from major racing series to participate: Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, J. J. Yeley, Bryan Clauson, Sammy Swindell; with NASCAR, USAC, and IndyCar champion Tony Stewart having the most feature wins at 9.[9] Politics[edit] On May 1, 2016, Donald Trump
Donald Trump
held a campaign rally ahead of the Indiana Primary election at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Over 12,500 were in attendance. References[edit]

^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ NBA All-Star Games - Names and Numbers. Basketball
Digest, (March, 2002). Retrieved on May 16, 2008. ^ "Fort Wayne bids to bring NCAA
Championships to town". Visit Fort Wayne.  ^ http://www.wpta21.com/story/35180205/fort-wayne-to-host-5-upcoming-ncaa-basketball-championship-events ^ Who We Are Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Retrieved on July 24, 2008. ^ Our Facility - Parking Archived 2008-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Retrieved on July 24, 2008. ^ Glenn, Jenni, (July 21, 2008).A fresh image for Holiday Inn; City hotel first in state with new logo, amenities. The Journal Gazette. Retrieved on July 25, 2008. ^ Leininger, Kevin (2013-04-20). "New food courts, restrooms coming to Memorial Coliseum". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-10-16.  ^ "Rumble in Fort Wayne Midget Records prior to 2013 event" (PDF). Rumbleseries.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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Mastodons - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Events and tenants

Preceded by North Side High School Gym Home of the Fort Wayne Pistons 1952–1957 Succeeded by Olympia Coliseum

Preceded by Boston Garden Host of the NBA All-Star Game 1953 Succeeded by Madison Square Garden

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Current arenas in the ECHL

Eastern Conference

Amway Center
Amway Center
(Orlando, FL) Bon Secours Wellness Arena
(Greenville, SC) Cool Insuring Arena
(Glens Falls, NY) DCU Center
DCU Center
(Worcester, MA) Germain Arena
(Estero, FL) Infinite Energy Arena
(Duluth, GA) Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
(Jacksonville, FL) Norfolk Scope
Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA) North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston Coliseum
(North Charleston, SC) Powerade Centre
Powerade Centre
(Brampton, ON) Santander Arena
(Reading, PA) SNHU Arena
(Manchester, NH) WesBanco Arena
(Wheeling, WV)

Western Conference

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
(Fort Wayne, IN) Allen Event Center
Allen Event Center
(Allen, TX) BOK Center
BOK Center
(Tulsa, OK) Budweiser Events Center
Budweiser Events Center
(Loveland, CO) CenturyLink Arena
(Boise, ID) Huntington Center (Toledo, OH) Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(Indianapolis, IN) Intrust Bank Arena
(Wichita, KS) Maverik Center
Maverik Center
(West Valley City, UT) Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
(Rapid City, SD) Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
(Independence, MO) TaxSlayer Center
TaxSlayer Center
(Moline, IL) U.S. Bank Arena
(Cincinnati, OH) Wings Event Center
Wings Event Center
(Kalamazoo, MI)


Cross Insurance Arena
(Portland, ME) Mile One Centre
Mile One Centre
(St. John's, NL)

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Current arenas in the NBA G League

Eastern Conference


Hershey Centre Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Portland Exposition Building Westchester County Center


Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Canton Memorial Civic Center DeltaPlex Arena Menominee Nation Arena Sears Centre Arena


Bob Carpenter Center Erie Insurance Arena Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion RP Funding Center

Western Conference


Cox Convention Center Landers Center Sanford Pentagon Wells Fargo Arena


Citizens Business Bank Arena Kaiser Permanente Arena Prescott Valley Event Center Reno Events Center UCLA Health Training Center


Dr Pepper Arena H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena State Farm Arena

Future arenas

76ers Fieldhouse
76ers Fieldhouse
(2018–19) St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena
(2018–19) Gateway Center (2019–20)

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City of Fort Wayne

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Public schools

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Colleges and universities

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Private schools

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Parkview Health
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Founded in 1941 Formerly the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (1941–1948) and the Fort Wayne Pistons (1948–1957) Based in Detroit, Michigan


Franchise All-time roster Seasons Draft history Head coaches Current season


North Side High School Gym Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Olympia Stadium Memorial Building Grosse Pointe High School Cobo Arena Pontiac Silverdome Joe Louis Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills Little Caesars Arena

G League affiliate

Grand Rapids Drive

Retired numbers

Bill Davidson Jack McCloskey 1 2 3 4 10 11 15 16 21 32 40

Hall of Famers

Walt Bellamy Dave Bing Larry Brown Chuck Daly Adrian Dantley Dave DeBusschere Joe Dumars Harry Gallatin Bob Houbregs Bailey Howell Allen Iverson Bob Lanier Earl Lloyd Bob McAdoo Bobby McDermott Dick McGuire Andy Phillip Dennis Rodman Isiah Thomas George Yardley Fred Zollner

NBA Championships (3)

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Conference Championships (7)

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Culture and lore

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Fort Wayne Mastodons
Fort Wayne Mastodons
men's basketball


Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
(2001–2013; select games 2014–present) Hilliard Gates Sports Center (1981–2001, 2013–present)

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