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Proposal To Host:

2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships Presented By:


Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city, is home to over 250,000 residents. A three-time All America City, Fort Wayne was named “One of the Best Cities for Minor League Sports” by Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal. Our community acknowledges and appreciates high level competition. Past figure skating competitions have been impressed by Fort Wayne’s ability to put on effective events. In fact, Fort Wayne was chosen to host the Indiana State Competition in November 2013.

Fort Wayne’s convenient location makes us an ideal sports competition destination.

As a community, we offer a big city feel, with a small town atmosphere. Not to mention, Fort Wayne’s high quality and lower cost amenities, and cleanliness and friendliness of community, sets our city apart from our counterparts. Accessible by major interstate highways and an international airport, it’s easy to see why Fort Wayne is one of the Midwest’s most central and convenient locations.

Location is a big advantage to hosting events in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is centrally located, is easy for visitors to navigate, and there are tons of hotels to choose from. And the people in Fort Wayne love sports and know how to support them.” — Terry Stefankiewicz, Executive Director, Shindigz National Soccer Festivals Inc.


Our Bid Summary

Bid To Host 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships Fort Wayne, Indiana has a lot much to offer the 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships. We‘re excited at the opportunity to host this prestigious competition. From our great location and our new world-class facilities, Fort Wayne would make a great fit for the 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships.

What Fort Wayne Can Offer the 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships You Asked For...

What Fort Wayne Can Offer...

Premier Competition Venue

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New facility offers 3 NHL sized ice rinks, spectator seating and observatory restaurant

Convenient Location

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Easily accessible from around the Midwest, airport and major interstate highways

Convenient Lodging, Affordable Hotels

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Ice rink shares parking lot with 60-room hotel, plus six hotels within 5 miles of facility Fort Wayne lodging is generally 15% less than other major cities

Experienced Local Organizing Committee

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Hosts to US Pairs Camp (June 2013), Tri-State Memorial Championships (April, 2011) Battle of the Blades (April 2013), Indiana State Competition (Nov. 2013)

Host Application

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See Attached PDF


Message from Visit Fort Wayne June 4, 2013

Bob Dunlop Senior Director U.S. Figure Skating 20 First Street Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Dear Mr. Dunlop, The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana would be honored to host the 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships. The Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club, Lutheran Health SportsCenter and Visit Fort Wayne are all committed to providing a championship experience for all skaters and their families. Our facility is available for each of your October 2014 dates. We have the flexibility to hold the competition on whichever date best suits your needs. Lutheran Health SportsCenter has successfully hosted many large events since opening in March 2010 including the US Figure Skating Pairs Camp in 2012 and 2013. We will also be hosting the US Curling Association Arena Club Championships in July 2013 and look forward to hosting many more national events in the future. The new Lutheran Health Ice Center is a state-of-the-art ice arena that opened in 2010. LHSC features 3 NHL sized ice surfaces, a full-service restaurant and bar, complimentary meeting and party rooms. The ice facility shares a parking lot with a first-class hotel, making it simple for participants to walk back and forth during resting periods. LHSC is also near several dining, shopping and family entertainment options, including Indiana’s second largest shopping mall, Glenbrook Square. Located in the heart of the Midwest, Fort Wayne is centrally located near several major cities and major interstate highways, making it an easy accessible destination for competitors, their families and fans. As Indiana’s second largest city, we’re a growing and vibrant community, but still hold our community values. Thank you for your consideration of our bid to host the U.S. Figure Skating 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sincerely,

Corey Ford Sports Sales Manager Visit Fort Wayne


Indiana Council of Figure Skating Clubs June 4, 2013

Bob Dunlop, Senior Director U.S. Figure Skating Dear Mr. Dunlop, I want to add my support to Fort Wayne’s bid to host the 2015 Great Lake Figure Skating Regional Championships. Our city’s new Lutheran Health Ice Center will be a fantastic space for both competitors and spectators alike. The Fort Wayne Figure Skating Club has new leadership on their board. Along with the expertise of Alena Lunin, the club is generating new skaters and a renewed interest in figure skating in our region. Putting the Regionals in Fort Wayne would help the club, our city and our state increase media publicity for our mutual cause - growing interest in figure skating. I encourage you to select Fort Wayne for the 2015 Great Lakes Regional Championships.

Sincerely,

Madelane Elston, President Indiana Council of Figure Skating Clubs


Local Organization Committee: Alena Lunin, Event Chair Alena Lunin

Canlan Ice Sports Programs Manager/ Skating Director E-Mail: alunin@icesports.com

Phone: (260)387-6614 ext.108

Organizing/Hosting competitions and other events: x x x x x x x

2013 "US National Pairs Camp" & "Team USA Camp" - Event Chair 2013 "Battle of the Blades - Competition Chair 2013 “Indiana State” – Competition Chair 2012 "US National Pairs Camp" - Event Coordinator/Chair 2011-2013 "Golden Ice Fest" - Competition Chair 2011 “Tri-States” Event coordinator 2004-2013 FSC Clubs Annual Ice Shows and Exhibitions

Coaching Experience: PSA Senior Rated Coach x 2011-2013 US Figure Skating Member of Pairs Committee x Coach of US National Championship Champions/ Medalists x Coach of US Junior National Championship Medalists x Coach of Pacific Coast and Midwestern Sectional Champions x Coach of Central Pacific, Northwest and EGL Regional Champions

Professional Experience: x 1989-1991 “The Best of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean” Tour England, Australia, Kong-Kong x 1992-1994 " Euro Stars on Ice “Germany x 1994-1998 "Stageworks Worldwide Production" England

Major achievements: x x x x x x

International Master of Sport Ranked pair skater 1984-1988 "URRS National Team Member 1985 Junior World Championship Bronze Medalist 1984 Junior Grand Prix - Silver Medalist (Germany) 1986 "Moscow News" Grand Prix - 6 Place 1988 URRS National Cup Championship Bronze Medalist


Local Organization Committee: Helen M. Best, Event Board Member Helen M. Best Adult Skater Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club

Present Work and Responsibilities: x x

Music/Band/Choir Teacher, Music Department Head – Central Lutheran School, New Haven Coordinate concerts and music programs for our school

Skating Achievements: x x x x x x x x

Adult Silver FS test Adult Gold Moves test Bronze dance test plus 2 Pre-Silver USFS Competitor 1999-present Four time Indiana State adult Bronze/Silver Champion Three time Adult Midwestern medalist 2009 Adult Bronze Dance Champion – Adult Nationals 2012 5th place Adult Silver Free Style – Adult Nationals

Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club Experience: x x x x x x

2004-2006 Board Vice President 2006-2008 Board President 2008 Selected and cut music for spring ice show FWISC Annual “Springtime Spectacular “ competition co-chair “Indiana State” Competition Volunteers Chair Volunteered as an announcer, in the accounting room, registration table, and ice monitor at several competitions


Local Organization Committee Organization

Responsibilities Registration Practice Ice Hospitality Technical Equipment Officials Finance/Budget Officials Lodging Officials Travel Officials Gifts Vendors Competitors Gifts Awards Music Announcements Volunteers Sponsors Competitors Party Credentials

Facility 1st Aid Rink Security Parking Meeting Rooms Accounting Room Vendor Space Officials Space Officials Meals Special Events Programs/Printing

Marketing Hotels Hotel Shuttles to Arena Media Pre-Promotional Materials Maps


Lutheran Health SportsCenter

Lutheran Health SportsCenter 3869 Ice Way Fort Wayne, IN 46805 260-387-6614 www.icesports.com/fortwayne

The Lutheran Health SportsCenter is a new ice facility located on Fort Wayne’s north side. The facility is the largest new ice arena in the state of Indiana. The first-class venue features 3 NHL sized ice surfaces (85’ x 200’) and offers amenities you won’t find at just any other ice rink. A full-service restaurant and bar, the Thirsty Penguin, overlooks all ice surfaces and keeps spectators warm and comfortable during competitive action Each ice surface has four locker rooms – complete with showers and bathrooms. The ice rink is located within minutes of Fort Wayne’s largest supply of dining, shopping, lodging and entertainment options. Facility Features • • • • • •

3 NHL sized ice rinks (85’ x 200’) World-class figure skating instruction on staff 12 Locker Rooms Full-service bar and restaurant overlooking rinks Competition meeting and organization rooms Large free parking lot between ice rink and hotel

Previous Events Hosted • Battle of the Blades, April 2013 • U.S. Figure Skating Pairs Camp, June 2013 • Tri-State Championsip, April 2011


Lutheran Health SportsCenter: Ice Rink Layout Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit

Lutheran Health SportsCenter- 1st Floor Rink Map Zamboni

Zamboni

Bleachers 500+

Officials

Rink 1

Music

IJS Events

Officials

Locker # 12

Emergency Exit

Locker # 13

Restrooms

Locker # 11

Rink 1 Entry

Locker # 10

SPORTS STORE

First Aid Room

Accounting Room

Concession Elevator Stairs Stand

2015 EGL Regional Registration table

Lockers

Locker # 9

Rink 2 Entry

Locker # 8

Locker # 7

Locker # 6

Locker # 5

EXIT

Coaches Hospitality

Ice WALL

WAL K WAY

WALKWAY Storage Room

250 +

Officials

Locker # 4

Locker # 3

Locker # 2

Locker # 1

Rink 3 Entry

Bleachers

Rink 2

WALL

Music

Practice Rink

Officials

Rink 3

250+

6.0 Events

Bleachers Emergency Exit

WAL K WAY

Zamboni

Skate Rental

Customer Service

LOBBY Rink Entry

Lutheran Health SportsCenter - 2nd Floor Rink Map

Rink 1

IJS Events

Rink 2

Practice Ice

Rink 3

6.0 Events

Emergency Exit

Vendors Vendors

RESTING AREA

2nd Floor Stairs

Awards

Restrooms

Vendors Elevator

Vendors Rink Entry

Vendors

Emergency Exit

Starting Order/Results

“THIRSTY PENGUIN” Grill House RESTAURANT & BAR

Balcony

Observation area with seating

Observation area with seating

Officials Hospitality


Activities & Dining

Visit Fort Wayne strongly believes the competition experience doesn’t have to end following the event. Fort Wayne offers many activities for groups of all sizes to enjoy either during the day or evening hours. With countless dining options, Fort Wayne offers over 50 restaurants just minutes away from the Lutheran Health SportsCenter. Located just down the street from the ice rink sits Glenbrook Square, Indiana’s second largest shopping mall. Lutheran Health SportsCenter Area

Following dinner, take your group to one of our several entertainment options, including Crazy Pinz, Sky Zone, Lazer X, Ultra Zone or Putt-Putt. Looking for a late-night bar option? Try Club Soda, JK’s O’Donnell’s Irish Pub, Henry’s or several other great selections, before dancing the night away at Columbia Street West and Flashbacks Night Club. There are so many things to do in Fort Wayne waiting for competitors, coaches and families. We can easily offer suggestions to create an outstanding off-site itinerary.


Transportation

Visit Fort Wayne understands tournament organizers do not want a location where their attendees must drive many, many hours just to get to their event. Fort Wayne is conveniently located in northeast Indiana, only a few hours’ drive from the Midwest cities of Chicago, Detroit, Toledo and Indianapolis, plus many towns in-between. It’s easily accessible by I-69, I-80, as well as, US highways 30 and 24 or state highways 27 and 3. By air, Fort Wayne has approximately 30 arrivals per day on American, Delta, US Air, United and Allegiant airlines, with connections to direct connections to Atlanta, Chicago, DallasFort Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Ft. Myers and Tampa-St. Petersburg. The Fort Wayne International Airport has been recognized as the ‘friendliest airport in America” by USA Today, and is just a short drive to the Lutheran Health SportsCenter.

“The nation’s friendliest airport.” - USA Today


We would love to host you in Fort Wayne!

We are eager to host the 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships in Fort Wayne and look forward to making it the best competition possible! Feel free to contact Corey Ford with any additional questions. We look forward to working with you and your group!

Please contact:

Corey Ford Group Sales Manager corey@visitfortwayne.com 260-424-3700

Visit Fort Wayne 927 S. Harrison Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 www.VisitFortWayne.com 1-800-767-7752


2015 Regional Figure Skating Championships