From 1984-99, Indianapolis had a built-in rival, as the Checkers & Ice had annual meetings with the Fort Wayne Komets. Huge crowds, lots of passion and more.
Is there a chance the Ice could be having a close in-state rival in the USHL?
According to Fort Wayne's WANE-TV and several other published reports, the city of Marion (IN) has passed a $30 million bond issue to build a 4,100-seat hockey rink. It is being built by a Chicago-based group, which is attempting to move the dormant USHL Thunder Bay franchise to Marion, which is about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The rink would be located right off I-69 and its exit with State Road 18 southeast of town.
The rink would be ready in time for the 2012-13 USHL season.