The Memorial Coliseum has local media and much of the community abuzz after making an intentionally vague announcement Tuesday about "an all-new, live-action entertainment event coming to Fort Wayne this December."
That description came with information stating the coliseum will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday to reveal details about the event. We'll put the information on www.news-sentinel.com as soon as it is available Friday.
But that hasn't stopped us from trying to solve the mystery beforehand.
Nathan Dennison, the coliseum's coordinator of marketing and media services, said Coliseum officials want to wait until Friday's press conference to reveal the nature of this "major arena event."
The only clues Dennison has offered via email or Twitter are that the event is not a monster truck show, isn't a concert, doesn't take place on ice and is "unlike any show we've had here before."
Not much to go on. Calling sources and sifting through Internet searches haven't confirmed anything, but they've revealed a few intriguing possibilities. Remember, these are JUST SPECULATION:
It's not exactly new, having already toured the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America, but the arena show "Batman Live" starts its first U.S. tour Sept. 5 in Anaheim, Calif.
Tour dates posted on the show website, www.batmanlive.com, only go through Oct. 24, and all are located in Minnesota and states farther west.
The show website says, "More dates to be announced," which presumably means some in the eastern United States.
The website describes the show this way: "Batman Live features a cast of 42 actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, an original symphonic score, a custom-built and state-of-the-art stage, a 105-foot, bat-‐shaped LED video wall, big flight sequences, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray."
Tour of Gymnastics Champions
The Fierce Five, fresh off their gold medal in the team competition at the London Olympics, will join the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, which launches a 40-city performance schedule Sept. 8 in San Jose, Calif.
Along with 2012 U.S. Olympic women's team members Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, the show features former U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic women's all-around champion, and her fellow U.S. 2008 team Olympic silver medalists Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone.
The show includes a number of other women's and men's U.S. gymnasts, including 2012 U.S. Olympic men's team members Jonathan Horton and John Orozco.
The tour is scheduled to stop in Cincinnati on Nov. 1, Indianapolis on Nov. 2, Detroit on Nov. 3, and Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 4.
It's currently scheduled to end Nov. 18 in New York. But, with the Fierce Five's success and popularity, could they decide to extend the tour another month through the Christmas season?
American Idol audition
This is a long shot:
The Fox network hit show "American Idol" will test out the talent in smaller cities this year as it weaves its way across the country during the audition process for the show's 12th TV season, which begins in January.
The show's website says the “American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour” will stop at these cities: Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Mont.; Casper, Wyo.; Rock Rapids, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Ky.; Clarksdale, Miss.; Joplin, Mo.; Dodge City, Kan.; and Grand Junction, Colo.
But maybe they need to pick up some gear at Sweetwater Sound here in Fort Wayne, and they'll hold an audition while they're here.
Van Halen battle royal
An even longer shot:
Van Halen rock band members couldn't settle their differences off stage and had to cancel the latter portion of their concert tour, including a July 31 show at Memorial Coliseum.
So what if they decided to settle their differences in a mixed-martial arts battle royal. Guitars and drumsticks would be allowed as weapons. Now that would be quite a show!
OK, this is a joke. There's no indication Van Halen members would agree on anything, including this "new, live-action" event.