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Coliseum braces for more revenue losses when K’s return

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Tuesday's announcement that the Komets will play a shortened season with 25 games at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, and with attendance restricted to 25% capacity, or just over 2600 fans, means the facility actually will continue to lose money beyond the $3 million it's already lost.

"We have to have all levels of the building open, so there's no cost savings for staffing. And as you would guess our revenue streams are parking and concessions, and those areas will be dramatically reduced, as well," said the Coliseum's General Manager Randy Brown.

The Komets will play just 25 games at the Memorial Coliseum in a shortened season beginning in February.

However, he says some of the 400 furloughed Coliseum employees will be called back to work, and that having Komets games will help Fort Wayne's hospitality industry.

"The restaurants around us have suffered so much since March 11 with our last hockey game, so to have activity that gets people back to restaurants, to have some activity for the hotels, as well as the malls and shopping, we hope it's a step in the right direction for a win-win for everybody," he said.

He says things aren't looking great for the first quarter of 2021, which is typically the strongest in the calendar.

"We've already had cancellation of events like the RV Show, the Shrine Circus, the Boat Show has canceled, as well as the Vera Bradley sale," Brown said.

While those biggest events of the year will not happen, Brown says others like the Farm Show and the Home and Garden Show have rescheduled for later this spring.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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