As the second largest city in Indiana, we’re geared up to host sporting tournaments and professional championships of any kind. Add affordability, hands-on local marketing support, and a city full of leisurely fun, and you have the perfect blend of competition and convenience for a successful sporting event.
Location, Location, Location
Fort Wayne is in the heart of the Midwest – within 500 miles of half of the U.S. population. Yes, really! Two major interstates, four U.S. highways, and seven state roads will all direct you to Fort Wayne, so getting here is a breeze. Amp up on convenience and catch a flight to Fort Wayne International Airport, which offers 140 non-stop flights from several major cities each week and is located just nine miles from downtown. FWA’s many shuttles, taxis, and rideshare opportunities will get you on location quickly.
Once in Fort Wayne, settle into one of over 5,000 hotel rooms loaded with impressive amenities. Near Fort Wayne’s fun and walkable downtown, a selection of dining and entertainment options are at your fingertips.
Fort Wayne is one of the top Midwest destinations for sports tournaments and events for a good reason, so buckle up!
SportsONE/Parkview Icehouse is one of the state’s largest and newest ice arenas and is home to Indiana’s only three NHL-sized ice surfaces under one roof. Twelve locker rooms and a full-service bar and restaurant are available to support your tournament.
The Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone is one of 9 Olympic/Paralympic training sites and 1 of 3 dedicated Adaptive Facilities in the U.S. A 75,000-square-foot fieldhouse, 230-meter track, four collegiate-sized basketball courts, and a nearly 6,000-square foot warm water pool is all available in one location.
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum has over 1 million square feet of event area split into three unique spaces perfect for basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, hockey, and ice skating events. Over 13,000 arena seats plus 7,000 more in the expo center give plenty of space for attendees.
Over a dozen other top-notch athletic facilities are located in Fort Wayne. From volleyball to soccer and bowling to baseball, your indoor/outdoor event space is here.
The rising cost of hospitality has everyone on edge. Hospitality costs in Fort Wayne run an average of 15% less than most major cities and national costs. The support staff at VFW further negotiates with local hotels and venues to stretch your dollar everywhere possible. Additionally, visitors will save big at nearby attractions, restaurants, and entertainment options.
Explore Fort Wayne
Before, during, or after your event, athletes and attendees have ample opportunity to enjoy Fort Wayne’s diverse selection of adventure and entertainment. Explore the great outdoors with hiking, biking, or paddling along our rivers. Fuel up at 60 walkable downtown restaurants and many more within a short drive, and relax with live entertainment. There is absolutely something for everyone. Plus, Visit Fort Wayne can help curate suggested itineraries for the perfect mashup of spirit and pleasure.
Hands-on, Local Support
The team at Visit Fort Wayne works to provide helpful information, coordination, and marketing services so your event is one to remember. This includes pre-promotion services like e-newsletters, collateral creation, and websites. Signage services, marketing services, event support, logistics, and more are available to you.
Be the MVP of successful sporting events in Fort Wayne. Let us help you get started planning now.