Fort Wayne Mad Ants to celebrate 10th season with new practice facility
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Mad Ants will celebrate their 10th anniversary season in Fort Wayne by moving into their own full-time practice facility.
The Mad Ants have never had a dedicated practice facility, and have instead split time between Concordia Seminary and the McMillen Park Community Center.
Once The Pacers bought the team, Larry Bird felt that had to change.
"When he found out we were practicing at Concordia, which is really a cement - based floor, he realized pretty quickly that we needed to get out of there and we needed a better practice facility and again, thankfully, the Ash Center came to fruition," Mad Ants President Tim Bawmann said.
The entire cost of the project is being picked up by the Mad Ants signature sponsor, Lutheran Health Network.
This will finally give the team a permanent, professional practice home.
"We kind of felt like we were nomads travelling without a home for the last nine years and it really is an NBA court, so we're really looking forward to getting in there, our first practice, you know, we're hoping is going to be about November first, but even more importantly, we've got our own locker room now," Bawmann said.
The $800,000 renovation will also be the home to Lutheran Health Network's Optimum Performance Sports Program that will include an exam room, fitness center and a new mezzanine.
The Mad Ants will have their own dedicated practice facility at the renovated Ash Center thanks to Lutheran Health Network. New floor key.