FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A national hockey tournament being held in Fort Wayne is creating a huge economic impact for the city.
The 10th annual State Wars U.S. Roller Hockey Championship brought around 10,000 people to the Summit City. The competition lasts 12 days from July 30 to August 10. Competitors from under the age of six to over the age of 45 packed the SportsOne/Parkview Icehouse. Organizers said they always try to have the tournament in the Midwest since there are around 270 teams from more than 20 states and two Canadian provinces.
“We found this area on the map,” State Wars president, Tim McManus, said. “We checked it out. We came out here and fell in love with the area. We knew the city was going to embrace the tournament because it’s a smaller city, and it was just a perfect fit.”
People at the tournament said they’ve been impressed with the treatment they’ve received in Fort Wayne. Even though many of the visitors spend most of their days at the Icehouse, they said they’ve appreciated the small amount of the city they’ve been able to enjoy.
“The convenience of all the variety of restaurants and the times that they open and close, and we had several restaurants accommodate large parties for us,” Tammy Dunne, the mother of six hockey players in the tournament, said.
City leaders said the impact on the city has been tremendous. The tournament is expected to bring in around $3 million.
“Helps the quality of life, and helps sustain and create jobs,” John Felts with Visit Fort Wayne said. “That’s why these tournaments are great for the community.”
The tournament wraps up on Sunday, and it’s free to the public. You can see the full schedule here.