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Plans to convert Auburn Auction Park into sports facility released

The Auburn Sports Park will include a set of outdoor fields.
The Auburn Sports Park will include a set of outdoor fields.(Auburn Sports Park LLC)
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 1:57 PM EST
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Developers have released plans to transform the former Auburn Auction Park into a new multi-purpose sports facility.

Development group Auburn Sports Group LLC has unveiled designs for a campus that will include 16 basketball/volleyball courts, a domed indoor facility, eight baseball/softball fields, and three artificial turf soccer/football fields. A web page indicates the park is set to open in “early summertime 2022.”

The facility is located along I-69, less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Fort Wayne. The transfer of ownership concludes a 12-year run in which the property belonged to Auctions America, which staged high-profile vehicle sales there.

The development is a big one in a process that seemed to gather momentum last year, when a Fort Wayne-based developer submitted its application to construct the Auburn Sports Complex with the Auburn Plan Commission. The property, at that point, had been up for sale for about two years.

Details on the most recent transaction were not immediately available, but the most recent sale of the property, in 2010, is recorded at a value of $4.25 million.

For more than 50 years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have descended on the auction park for its auctions of high-end antique and classic vehicles. The site has also been the annual home of a highly attended Labor Day classic car auction.

Developers hope to open the Auburn Sports Park this summer.
Developers hope to open the Auburn Sports Park this summer.(Auburn Sports Park LLC)

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