Roller Hockey Championships Coming To FW Summer 2014

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Roller Hockey Championships Coming To FW Summer 2014

October 28, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Fort Wayne has been selected to host the 2014 State Wars United States Roller Hockey Championships next summer.

The 12-day State Wars championship will be held from July 30-August 10, 2014 at the Lutheran Health Ice Sports Center. 300 teams from 28 states with over 10,000 participants will generate an estimated 7,000 room nights and $1.6-$2 million in spending.

Previously, State Wars has been held in Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago.

“We’re thrilled to host the State Wars Roller Hockey Tournament,” said Jeff Platzer of Lutheran Health Ice Sports Center. “The fact that we are centrally located, offer three NHL full‐sized rinks with a first‐class restaurant that overlooks the ice makes us one of the premier Midwestern sites for hosting ice and non‐ice events of this size and stature."

“Hosting sporting events in Fort Wayne is such a huge economic boost for our community,” said City Councilman Tom Didier, who supported the building of the Lutheran Health Ice Sports Center. “I'm always appreciative of the hard work that Visit Fort Wayne does to help make this happen.”

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