Fort Wayne to Unveil Arena Recommendations

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(Image Courtesy of Downtown Fort Wayne Inc.) (Image Courtesy of Downtown Fort Wayne Inc.)

A committee studying a potential arena in downtown Fort Wayne will present its recommendations today. Mayor Tom Henry has previously said a 5,000-seat arena could cost as much as $63 million to build.

Mayor Henry will join the Downtown Arena Committee at Sweetwater Sound this afternoon at 1:00 to announce the recommendations. 

A previous study by Hunden Strategic Partners suggested Fort Wayne could support the arena. At the time, Henry said the venue could build on downtown momentum created by attractions like Parkview Field and housing projects. The arena would join venues in the city including the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, which seats 10,000 people.

Sweetwater President Chuck Surack is leading the Downtown Arena Committee, which has been studying the financial viability of a possible arena. Other committee members include:

Shane Araujo, 3BG Supply Co.
Tim Ash, Ash Brokerage
Bruce Boxberger, Carson Boxberger
Ian Boyce, Dickmeyer Boyce Financial Management
Kathy Callen, Old National Bank
Scott Glaze, Fort Wayne Metals
Tiffany Gooden, Hall & Gooden LLP
Mike Nutter, Fort Wayne TinCaps
Mike Packnett, Parkview Health
Jonathan Ray, Fort Wayne Urban League
Dennis Sutton, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees
Andrew Thomas, Ridge NAPA Auto Parts
Gary Wasson, Embassy Theatre Board of Directors
Doug Wood, PNC
Bill Zielke, Board of Park Commissioners

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