Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Memorial Coliseum, The Jungle
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.JPG
Location 4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Broke ground January 24, 1950
Opened September 28, 1952
Owner Allen County, Indiana
Construction cost 1952: $2,647,390
1989: $26 million
2002: $35 million
Architect A.M. Strauss
Former names War Memorial Coliseum
Tenants Fort Wayne Flames (American Indoor Soccer Association) (1986—1989)
Fort Wayne Freedom (Continental Indoor Football League) (2008—present)
Fort Wayne Freedom (National Indoor Football League / United Indoor Football) (2003—2006)
Fort Wayne Fury (Continental Basketball Association) (1991—2001)
Fort Wayne Fusion (af2) (2007)
Fort Wayne Komets (IHL) (1952—present)
Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA Development League) (2007—present)
Fort Wayne Pistons (National Basketball Association) (1952—1957)
Indiana Kick (AISA) (1989—1990)
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons (Men's NCAA Basketball) (2001—present)
Capacity Ice hockey / Concert: 10,500
Basketball: 13,000

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is a 13,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Fort Wayne, Indiana, initially built in 1952 for nearly $3 million in Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Park. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum was originally designed to seat 8,000 for hockey or 10,240 for basketball. In 2002, an extensive renovation and expansion was put into motion, which raised the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum's roof by 41 feet, therefore increasing the arena's seating capacity to 10,500 for hockey or music concerts and 13,000 for basketball. The structure was designed by A.M. Strauss Architects.

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The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the current home of:

  • the Fort Wayne Komets International Hockey League team,
  • the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne NCAA men's basketball team,
  • the Fort Wayne Freedom Continental Indoor Football League team, and
  • the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

The arena has also been home to the National Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Pistons from 1952 until the team's move to Detroit, Michigan in 1957.

The arena during a Komets hockey game.

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