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Memorial Coliseum can use multiple mats, as seen during the semistate wrestling tournament there in February, to host the National United Wrestling Championships in January.

National wrestling championships among 4 local tourneys set

A three-day national wrestling tournament at Memorial Coliseum with an expected 10,000 participants and spectators is among four sports tournaments announced for Fort Wayne today.

The four events are expected to attract 25,000 visitors to the community and have an economic effect of $4.25 to $4.5 million, the city and Visit Fort Wayne said in a statement.

The city is providing $20,000 in Sports Development Grant Fund money to help make the tournaments possible, the statement said.

The events scheduled are:

  • Professional Bowlers Association Tour Super Senior Classic and Fort Wayne Classic, Friday through Wednesday at Pro Bowl West, with 200 participants and 500 attendees;
  • State Wars-U.S. Roller Hockey Championships, July 30 to Aug. 10 at SportONE Parkview Icehouse, with 270 teams, 2,600 participants and 10,000 spectators;
  • USA Pickleball Great Lakes Regional Championships, Aug. 15 to 17 at SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse, with more than 200 participants; and
  • National United Wrestling Championships, Jan. 8 to 10, 2015, at Memorial Coliseum, with 2,000 participants and 8,000 spectators.
"We're looking forward to showcasing our community as a destination place for sports, recreation, new jobs and businesses, and an excellent quality of life," Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said in the statement.

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