Air show moves parking downtown

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) If you are heading to the 2016 Air Show, you’ll have to park and go through a security screening in downtown Fort Wayne.

“The very first concern anytime you put together a lot of people to come out to a spectator event like this safety and security, not only of all of our spectators, base personnel, but also our performers so we’re asking everyone be screened by our security forces and our local police before they come onto the base,” Air Show Director Maj. Matthew Robins said.

The air show has secured more than 10,000 parking spots in downtown for the event. Event parking will cost $5 except at certain parking garages where there will be $10 special event fee.. Anyone going to the show will then have to go through a security screening at Headwaters Park East before taking a free shuttle to the base. The shuttles will run all day. The air show starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 and security checks will start at 9:30 a.m. at Headwaters. Organizers encourage guests to get there around 9 a.m. to find parking and go through security.

It’s just one of many events in the city’s center the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11. One of those events is Mad Anthony’s craft beer festival at Headwaters Park West. Organizers said they’re not too concerned about parking.

“A lot of our folks that partake and enjoy the day often use other modes of transportation like Uber or a taxi or a designated driver,” Mad Anthony Brewing Company co-owner Blaine Stuckey said.

Also the same weekend is the Be a Tourist in Your Hometown event that is expected to bring 20,000 to 30,000 people downtown. Organizers have been working closely with the air show to make sure there is enough parking for everyone.

“You can park in garages where they will be charging,” Visit Fort Wayne marketing director Kristen Guthrie said. “Some of the attraction lots will be available for free to Be a Tourist Attendees.”

It’ll be a busy weekend and Robins said they chose downtown not only for security reasons, but to encourage people to explore the other events happening the same weekend.

“Downtown we think is the most safe and efficient way to get all of our spectators out to the air guard for the safety and security of everybody. Not only that but we also feel this is going to bring everybody out to enjoy the city of Fort Wayne itself to see after the air show or even before the air show to give back to the city of Fort Wayne,” Robins said.

To check out a parking map for the air show click here. To see a list of things to not bring click here.

To see How to be a Tourist in Your Hometown parking information click here.

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