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The Fort Wayne Komets are one of the oldest sports franchises in the nation, and the second oldest pro minor league hockey team in America, next to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. 2016-17 marks the Komets' 65th anniversary season of pro hockey in Fort Wayne.
Over the years, the Komets have won 12 regular season titles and nine league championships. The Komets are a member of the ECHL and were last year's Midwest Division champion, while leading the league with an average attendance of 7,484 per home game.
The Komets have a history of fierce rivalries against Indianapolis, Toledo, Kalamazoo, Cincinnati, Quad City, Colorado and Orlando featuring games of high speed and hard hitting action. The season features 36 home games and is filled with affordable ticket programs and discount plans throughout the year. For ticket information fans can call the Komet office at 260-483-0011 or visit Komets.com.
Since 1952, the Komets have made their home at the beautiful Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, where the great tradition of Komet hockey continues today.Visit Site
The 110,000 square-foot South Bend Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about. This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs to deliver a world class experience. The programs, as well as the building itself, have been designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform the life of each and every member of the community. The Kroc Center is comprised of four major components: a center of worship and performance venue, an aquatics center, fitness and recreation center, and special event facilities.
Development of The Kroc Center was made possible by a $70 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to The Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. As a condition to the significant Kroc grant, the community also raised $10 million locally, representing a total community investment of nearly $80 million. Construction of The South Bend Kroc Center began in May 2010 and the facility opened in January 2012.Visit Site
Chicago Cubs fans in Northern Indiana rejoiced when the South Bend Cubs debuted at Four Winds Field in April of 2015. Along with an updated look to the South Bend franchise (a familiar red, white and blue color scheme), a new mascot joined the team. Stu D. Baker, the fuzziest and most cuddly mascot in Minor League Baseball made his debut. In keeping with regional history, Stu gets his name from the former Studebaker automotive manufacturer that was based in South Bend for over 100 years.
The South Bend Cubs and Four Winds Field continue to grow, attracting over 350,000 fans in 2016. Affordable, family entertainment with the cleanest restrooms in baseball are the driving force behind the team’s resurgence, after Owner Andrew T. Berlin purchased the franchise in 2011. In an effort to help revitalize the downtown area, “The Ivy at Berlin Place” broke ground in 2017. The $22 million mixed-use development will add 120 high-end apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space at the entrance of Four Winds Field, creating South Bend’s own Wrigleyville.
The "TinCaps" moniker debuted prior to the 2009 season, the first at Parkview Field. The name is a reference to the beloved pioneer Johnny Appleseed, who was known for wearing his tin cooking pot upon his head. The primary logo is an apple wearing Johnny's trademark "Tin Cap." Two alternate logos incorporate the City's initials, "FW" with each a "Tin Cap" and an apple stem and leaf. The team's primary color scheme consists of organic colors -- green, red and brown. This color scheme is consistent with both the Johnny Appleseed theme and the project goal of creating Parkview Field as a true park and gathering place within the center of downtown Fort Wayne.
"In Minor League Baseball you have the opportunity to create a brand that with a true regional flavor," stated TinCaps President Mike Nutter. "Johnny Appleseed, while known nationally, is a regional pioneer and folk hero. His story, and the history of this area, gives us an identity that is distinctively Fort Wayne. Johnny was a pioneer of the Midwest frontier in a time with seemingly endless opportunity."Visit Site
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne continues to expand and evolve towards the betterment of people at all stages of their lives through its breadth of programs, from swimming lessons to youth intervention, mentoring and family programming to elderly support. Each year of our history has been marked by undeniable accomplishments in face of the challenges of changing times, but more than anything, what marks our history is our commitment to helping people. The YMCA is at the heart and soul of growing up in the greater Fort Wayne area, and will be so for years to come.
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization, Tax ID # 35-0886850, and contributions are tax deductible.Visit Site