Big Time Sports

Out of the Park

A summer evening at Parkview Field conjures up familiar memories—overflowing containers of popcorn, the sunset fading into the stadium lights, the sound of the bat cracking as the crowd cheers, or the moment when the man with quick hands catches the foul ball and presents it to the grateful child in the row behind him.

Parkview Field, named a “Best Ballpark in America” and the home of San Diego Padres’ Class A affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps, brings all that and more, including regular fireworks shows bursting across the nighttime skyline. The ballpark is a magnetic force in downtown Fort Wayne, drawing folks—young professionals, children, and parents—from all over Northeast Indiana for an evening with mascot Johnny TinCap, colleagues, friends, and family. 

The crowd of thousands sports fans in the stands, any night of the week, delivers energy and vibrancy to the urban core of Northeast Indiana.

That energy can be found in all of our region’s sports teams, whether you catch NCAA Division I teams at IPFW, Komets hockey on the ice, a roller-derby bout, or the Mad Ants’ NBA hopefuls. Here, fans are not just spectators. Our teams give us something to be proud of, to gather around, to root for, and they provide a way to be part of the excitement. 

Did You Know?

  • The Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field were voted Indiana’s #2 Gotta-Do Summer Attraction in a statewide contest sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.
  • IPFW Athletics hosts 15 men’s and women’s collegiate teams that play at 11 fields, courts, and stadiums around Fort Wayne, with many of the teams competing at the NCAA Division 1 level. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: The athletics programs at Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Manchester University, Trine University, and the University of Saint Francis are taking on all comers in competitive leagues.
  • Komets hockey has dedicated fans for a reason: In the past 60 seasons, the team’s brought home 12 regular-season championships, 12 division titles, and nine championship titles.
  • The Fort Wayne Derby Girls are Indiana’s first all-female flat-track roller-derby league, and they regularly play to sold-out crowds. In addition to providing exciting entertainment, the group has donated all of its revenue to Fort Wayne charities—more than $74,000 since 2006.
  • Turnstone’s Bandits and Flyers are nationally recognized in wheelchair basketball, and Turnstone offers an ever-expanding sports and recreation program that includes sled hockey, power soccer, and more.
  • Lace up your own sneakers—or skates—and join a league at regional assets like Spiece Fieldhouse, The Plex, and the Lutheran Health Sports Center.

After just a few moments of being in Northeast Indiana you’ll soon realize that living and working in Northeast Indiana makes us all winners. Are you ready to join the squad? 

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