FORT WAYNE, IN (March 20, 2024) -- For the third year in a row Fort Wayne is honored to welcome back the 76th Annual Lutheran Basketball Association of America’s National Tournament.

Visit Fort Wayne's group sales team helped propose local venues and won the business for 2022 and the tournament has returned annually and will likely continue to host in Fort Wayne through 2030.

Teams will arrive in Fort Wayne on Thursday, March 21st, and the tournament will take place through Sunday, March 24th. Twenty-five Fort Wayne hotels are being utilized for housing teams and fans, expecting an attendance of 2,300 visitors from all over the nation including 32 boys teams, and 32 girls teams from schools as far as California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, and all over the Midwest.

Local teams participating include the Central Lutheran Chargers (Boys & Girls), St. Paul's Bears (Boys & Girls), and St. Peter's Lions (Girls).

The tournament will be held at the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone, taking advantage of the convenience of 4 courts under one roof, with opening ceremonies taking place at the Concordia Theological Seminary on Thursday, March 21st.

Teams will be out and about the community, participating in a scavenger hunt put together by Visit Fort Wayne to help attendees explore our community and see more of our city during their visit.

Rob Gasser, President of LBAA says, "The 76th Annual Lutheran Basketball of America's National Tournament is back in Fort Wayne for its 3rd time after two very successful years. The opening ceremony is held again at the Concordia Theological Seminary on Thursday at 5 pm and the games are at Turnstone (Plassman Athletic Center) Friday-Sunday. Additionally, we are thankful for the great support from the Fort Wayne community that has graciously volunteered their time. Details can be found at"

Much appreciation goes to the Fort Wayne Lutheran Community for assisting in the planning of the event and for working with local schools on securing volunteers for the event.

Considering the overall economic impact this group brings to Fort Wayne, along with the potential for a repeat opportunity to host, the tournament qualified as a recipient of a sports grant that Visit Fort Wayne manages on behalf of the City of Fort Wayne.

"We are honored to welcome back the LBAA's prestigious tournament and look forward to welcoming their teams to Fort Wayne knowing they're in great hands with our friends at Turnstone," said Jazmin Zavala, Sports Sales Manager at Visit Fort Wayne.

For additional information or media interviews, please contact:

Rob Gasser, LBAA President
(419) 787-5350


Jazmin Zavala, Visit Fort Wayne Sports Sales Manager
(260) 424-3700

Media Contact:

Jazmin Zavala
Sports Sales Manager
Visit Fort Wayne
(260) 424-3700

Visit Fort Wayne, is the official destination marketing organization for Fort Wayne and Allen County. Each year, over 8.8 million people visit Fort Wayne and generate $995 million in direct economic impact.

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