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Fort Wayne Komets to bring back 'Wabash Night'

WABASH: Mayor Scott Long drops the puck at a Fort Wayne Komets hockey game earlier this year. The Komets are bringing Wabash Night back in January 2019 due to high attendance at the first Wabash Night this year.

By MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

The Fort Wayne Komets will host their second annual Wabash Night in January.

Fans here are eligible for discount tickets to the Komets’ Saturday, Jan. 12 game against the Utah Grizzlies, according to an announcement for the game. But the game also spotlights community members from Wabash, like Mayor Scott Long, who will drop the puck at the start of the game, along with an as of yet named hometown hero, and local artists who will perform the national anthem.

The tradition was founded as a way for the team to engage fans outside of Fort Wayne.

“We have such a great following in Fort Wayne,” said Mitch Meinholz, a sales adviser for the Fort Wayne Komets. But the team also has many fans who live outside the city in places like Wabash and Warsaw.

“Even if it’s an hour drive, we still get a lot of people from those areas,” Meinholz explained. “(We’re) giving them a night to take advantage of a cheap ticket offer or for businesses to be able to do something once a year with their company.”

The first Wabash night held earlier this year drew some 600 fans from the area for a single game. Meinholz says that’s the largest community night crowd the Komets have seen, with Warsaw coming in at a close second.

“The area did so well last year that it was a no-brainer to do it again,” he said.

Tickets are $15 for Wabash residents, available online at groupmatics.events/event/Wabashcommunity2 or by calling 260-482-6812.