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Fort Wayne Wizards
Affiliated with San Diego Padres, Fort Wayne Wizards are Class A minor League baseball team that plays in Midwest League, which came to Fort Wayne in 1993. Midwest League basically started in 1947 in Illinois with the name of Illinois State League. Fort Wayne Wizards weren't basically founded in Fort Wayne as well. The team started its journey as it moved to Keokuk, Iowa in 1958.
In Keokuk team played its five seasons and then moved to Rapids, Wisconsin where it stayed from 1963 till 1983, and changed its city again to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1984 and stayed there till 1992. And then finally the next year team moved to Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne Wizards got their affiliation with San Diego Padres in 1999. The ownership of the team was changed in 2006, when it was sold to the owners of Salem Avalanche, belonging from Atlanta.
Team moved to Fort Wayne in 1993, and also in the same year teams' new ballpark, Memorial Stadium was also opened, apart from that, also in the same year, team was also able to set the record of attracting 318,506 fans. As of their plans, Wizards new ballpark is being constructed in Downtown, Fort Wayne and will be opened before the 2009 season starts. Fort Wayne Wizards are also holding a competition in which they will be choosing a new name for the team which they will use as the new ballpark opens.
Apart from holding Minor League Baseball games, Fort Wayne was also host to a Major League Baseball game on May 4, 1871, between Fort Wayne Kekiongas and the Cleveland Forest Citys. Apart from baseball Fort Wayne is also known for holding several other sporting events. Fort Wayne is also known as the birthplace of National Basketball Association. It was in 1949, when Fred Zollner announced, from his Kitchen table, that the BAA and NBL will go into merger. In the same context, NBA also hosted two of the NBA final games, one in 1955 and the other one in 1956.
In addition to that, Fort Wayne was the third city ever to hold the NBA All-Star Game in 1953. Fort Wayne also hosted Mid-Continent Men's Basketball tournaments in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 and in addition to that Alley County War Memorial Coliseum, located in Fort Wayne, also happened to be the site of NCAA Men's Division I Volleyball Championship matches in 2000. Spiece Fieldhouse, also located in Fort Wayne, also happens to be the venue for U.S.S.S.A National Boys State Championships every year.
As the team moves to its new ballpark in 2009, team has announced that they will make their first appearance in their new ballpark with a new name, which is why fans will now have the opportunity of having their names in the Fort Wayne's baseball history as they suggest a new name for the team. Fans can suggest the teams name by going on the teams' official website. When the time for the submission of the names by fans end, then the teams' officials and executives will decide which name to use for the Wizards in 2009.