News release from the Mad Ants:
Fort Wayne Phoenix Futsal to Play Prior to Mad Ants Game
(February 24, 2016) – The Mad Ants are excited to welcome the Fort Wayne Phoenix Futsal Club to Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum for their exhibition game against the Grand Rapids ABK Futsal Club at 12:00 pm on Sunday March 20th. The Mad Ants will follow the Futsal match with their own game against the Grand Rapids Drive at 5:00 p.m. at the Coliseum.
“We view Fort Wayne Phoenix Futsal as an emerging sports property here in Northeast Indiana and are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them for their game on March 20th,” said Garrett Martz, Fort Wayne Mad Ants Vice President of Sales.
Futsal is a modified version of soccer developed in South America in the 1930s that is played on a hard indoor court surface with a field smaller than a typical soccer field. Other modifications include the number of players, the size of the goal and the size and composition of the ball; this creating an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control in small spaces. Futsal is becoming America’s fastest growing indoor sport and is exceptionally popular in Spain, Mexico and South America.
“Fort Wayne Futsal and the Phoenix Futsal Club are excited about working with the Mad Ants organization and further expanding Futsal to our community,” said Carlos Cruz, founder of Fort Wayne Futsal.
Tickets to the Sunday, March 20th futsal game will be sold in advance for $10, but will also be available at the door for $14. These tickets will include entry into the Mad Ants game with the Grand Rapids Drive at 5:00 p.m.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call Allie Lane at 260-222-7949 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the NBA Development League
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, are the NBA Development affiliate of the NBA Indiana Pacers. Established in 2007, the Mad Ants have marked their success in back-to-back Championship appearances, coming out on top in 2014 and returning to the Championship series in 2015. The 2014-2015 season also named the Mad Ants as the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent through call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on fortwayne.gleague.nba.com.