A Rich Sports History in the Hoosier State

Adaptive sports facilities, renowned arenas and colossal coliseums invite planners to organize their next sports event in this Northeast Indiana city.

Parkview Field

Fort Wayne offers a selection of spacious venues that are perfect for tournaments.

Due to the Hoosier State’s rich basketball history as a five-time NCAA Championship winner for men’s basketball, it is no surprise the rest of the state has an abundance of modern sports facilities. In Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne has some of the finest arenas, adaptive sports facilities, field houses and historical coliseums in the state. Since Fort Wayne resides in the continental climate zone with four distinct seasons, it houses several leading indoor sports facilities for year-round games, tournaments and competitions. Besides the city’s leading sports facilities, Fort Wayne is a destination overflowing with first-rate hotels, family-friendly entertainment and mouthwatering restaurants.

Fort Wayne is a hub sublimely situated approximately 200 miles from all major cities in the Midwest, including Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee. Fort Wayne’s ideal location makes getting there a breeze, while offering planners, athletes, family members and spectators the comforts of Midwestern hospitality with prevailing urban amenities.

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals (July 21-28, 2018)
  • NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Championships (March 15-16, 2019)
  • NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Regional (March 27-30, 2020)
  • US Figure Skating 2019 Midwestern Sectional Figure Skating Championships (November 13-17, 2018)
  • United States Roller Hockey State Wars Championships (2014, 2016, 2019)

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Volunteer Staff
  • PR/Media Assistance
  • Signage
  • Site Visits
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Grant Programs
  • Welcome Bags/Gifts
  • Itinerary Development
  • Event Planning Assistance
  • Community Information Table
  • Custom Microsite
  • Pre-promotion

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Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone

Plassman Athletic Center at Turnston

Providing adaptive sports and recreation for over two decades, Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone is a leading adaptive sports facility for children and adults with disabilities. As the fourth largest Paralympic Sport Club in the nation, the center offers both competitive and recreational opportunities, featuring a 75,000-square-foot field house, a 230-meter track, four collegiate basketball courts, a 9,100-square-foot warm water pool and 13,000 square feet of extra space for equipment storage, personal training, therapy facilities and exercise classes. Amenities at the center include locker rooms, showers and restrooms specifically designed for people with disabilities, parking and community conference spaces.

Sports: Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, power soccer, indoor rowing, adaptive golf, sled hockey, boccia

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

A multi-use arena, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum was initially authorized in 1946 to construct a living memorial to the nation’s war veterans. Since its construction, the coliseum has held several major sporting events, including the 1955 and 1956 NBA Finals and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division 1 Ice Hockey Tournament Midwest Regional. Today, this massive arena is home to the Fort Wayne Comets, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls. With the capacity to seat 13,000 guests for basketball and 10,480 for hockey, the facility’s amenities include accessible parking, family restrooms, wheelchair storage rooms, elevators, escalators and medical assistance offices.

Sports: Basketball, hockey, wrestling, volleyball

SportONE Parkview Icehouse

SportONE Parkview Icehouse

An ice rink like no other, SportONE Parkview Icehouse is a multi-purpose rink with state-of-the-art amenities, namely its three NHL sized ice surfaces. As the only three-sheet facility in Indiana and one of the largest in the region, the icehouse features both youth and adult recreational and competitive leagues, and has partnerships with the Fort Wayne Amateur Hockey Association, Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club and Indiana Tech Hockey Teams. It is also the primary practice facility for the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets professional hockey team.

Sports: Hockey

SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse

SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse

SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse is a massive 57,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility, professionally designed for indoor sports. A premier destination for indoor competitions, leagues, tournaments and camps, the field house features eight volleyball courts, six basketball courts, hardwood floors, bleacher seating, a sports performance area and on-site storage. Several area clubs and leagues call the field house home, including Summit Volleyball, Fort Wayne Futsal and Gym Rats Basketball. Amenities include Jimmy’s Grill Restaurant and Bar, 21 restrooms with three personal showers, vending machines and accessible parking.

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, futsal

Grand Wayne Convention Center

Grand Wayne Convention Center

A leading Northeast Indiana event facility, Grand Wayne Convention Center is designated for sports planners looking for that ideal awards ceremonies destination at the end of a long and well-played season, competition or meet. Though it is a fully-carpeted facility and doesn’t house actual sporting events, it has continuously served local youth and adult teams’ and leagues’ awards banquets. The center has an abundance of state-of-the-art amenities, including 225,000 square feet of meeting space, high performance Wi-Fi, award-winning hosts, fully-equipped and customizable AV capabilities and free use of all tables, chairs, podiums and staging.

Sports: Martial arts, cubing, gaming

Spiece Fieldhouse

Spiece Fieldhouse

Credit: Lucas Carter

Providing members a path to happier and healthier lifestyles, Spiece Fieldhouse features eight hardwood basketball courts, an elevated indoor running and walking track, a warm therapy pool, lap pool and strength and conditioning rooms for athletes. For nearly 20 years, Spiece Fieldhouse has been offering facilities and rental spaces for youth basketball, volleyball and lacrosse teams. Amenities at the field house include men’s and women’s locker rooms with changing areas, swimsuit dryers and a TV lounge area, relaxing saunas, accessible parking and a pro shop.

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, pickleball, futsal, dodgeball, lacrosse, gymnastics, dance, swimming

The Plex

The Plex

The Plex provides a safe and fun environment for athletes of all ages and skill levels for year-round recreational and competitive sports. This sports center is home to the largest soccer program in Northeast Indiana, housing the Fort Wayne United Futbol Club, Fort Wayne United Cadets and the Sarah Killion League. Offering indoor and outdoor flag football playing fields, the facility’s amenities include 100,000 square feet of indoor sports and entertainment space, 40 acres of outdoor recreation space, an indoor driving range for year-round swing practice, a golf simulator, on-site batting cages and indoor baseball and softball fields.

Sports: Soccer, football, softball, baseball, golf

Things to do in For Wayne

Planning a sports event isn’t just about the athletic facilities a region, city or town provides, but also what sorts of activities athletes and their families can enjoy in their downtime. At Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, visitors can gaze upon rare and bizarre animals, such as Amur leopards, De Brazza’s monkeys, zebra sharks and wrinkled hornbills. A unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community, the Genealogy Center offers group tours to educate visitors about family history, with more than one million physical collection items to help researchers discover details of their lineage.

Take your sports team out to the ballgame at Parkview Field, a minor league baseball stadium located in the central business district, and home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the city’s beloved Class-A Minor League Baseball team.

A favorite activity amongst youngsters, Science Central features several touring and permanent educational and hands-on exhibits, including Science on a Sphere, a cutting-edge technology system with a six-foot diameter sphere of the earth that appears to be floating mid-air, one of only about 100 installations of its kind in the world.

For nature lovers, head to Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory for a day of exploring through lush seasonal displays, tropical gardens with palms and orchids and desert gardens with cacti, jojoba and yucca plants.

Planner Perspective

We host events all over the nation and Fort Wayne is our favorite by far! Fort Wayne’s welcoming community and outstanding facilities are second to none.

Gym Rats Basketball: Todd Hensley

Working with Visit Fort Wayne was outstanding. They were a major reason that our convention was such a huge success. Their friendly staff was with us every step of the way.

ATC: Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, #1 Minor League Sports Market, 2008: Bob Hirschelman-LAT

How to Get to Fort Wayne

By Car: For sports planners and teams coming from the West Coast or Midwest states like Iowa and Illinois, take Interstate I-80 E, then take Exit 31 for State Highway 49 towards Chesterton/Valparaiso. For those coming from the East Coast, take Interstate I-90 W, I-76 W and I-71 S to US-30 W. If coming from the South, take Interstate I-75 N, I-24 W, I-65 N and I-69 N to Illinois Road in Fort Wayne.

By Air: Centrally located near a plethora of major international airports, Fort Wayne is nearest South Bend International Airport (SBN) and Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), a primary commercial service airport with passenger flights reaching eight airline hubs of Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia.

Contact Information

Stephanie ColemanCompany Name: Visit Fort Wayne

Sports Sales Manager: Stephanie Coleman

Title: Group Sales Manager, Sports

Telephone: 260-424-3700

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A Rich Sports History in the Hoosier State
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A Rich Sports History in the Hoosier State
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Adaptive sports facilities, renowned arenas and colossal coliseums invite planners to organize their next sports event in this Northeast Indiana city.
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