News release from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum:
Allen County Commissioners approve Memorial Coliseum Expo Center expansion project
Groundbreaking Ceremony takes place Monday, November 10th
(November 7, 2014) – Today, the Allen County Commissioners awarded contracts kicking off the Expo Center Expansion project at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project will be held Monday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. Members of the Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees, Allen County Commissioners, state officials and other key figures in the project will be present to begin the project, and the public is invited to attend.
The Expo Center expansion will consist of more than 50,000 square feet of new space, including approximately 29,000 square feet of multi-purpose event space and expanded pre-function and service areas. Funding for the nearly $15 million project comes from earned tax revenues collected within the Professional Sports & Convention Development Area (PSCDA), which boundaries include the Memorial Coliseum.
“The new facility will enable the Coliseum to attract back events that have outgrown the space and accommodate our large exhibition events that have been asking for more space,” said Randy Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. “This expansion will further increase the over $100 million annual economic benefit of the Memorial Coliseum to the greater Allen County community.”
Construction is expected to start immediately and be finished before January of 2016. MSKTD is the project architect and Weigand Construction won the bid for the construction project. About 27 subcontractors, a majority of which are from the Allen County area, will assist with construction on the project, and over 100 new construction jobs will be created over the year-long construction timeline.
About the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the tri-state area’s leading sports, entertainment and tradeshow facility, hosting over 1,000,000 visitors annually. Serving northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan, the 80-acre Memorial Coliseum and Expo Center complex is host to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL), the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBADL) and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls (WFTDA). The facility also hosts national concerts, family shows, business and consumer events, the area’s largest tradeshows and private gatherings. For more information, visit www.memorialcoliseum.com.