FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will host a job fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the upper lobby of the Arena & Expo Center entrance after furloughing hundreds of employees last year when the coronavirus pandemic shut down a majority of the events at the venue.
All positions are part-time and start at $10 per hour or higher.
Department managers will be present to answer any questions about available positions.
All COVID-19 precautions will be observed, including social distancing, and masks are required at all times when in the building.
A variety of different positions are available, including:
- Guest Services
- Ticket Office Seller
- Parking Lot Attendant
- Concessions Stand Associate
- Catering Service
- Lead Cook & Grill Cook
- Warehouse & Runner
- Security Guard
The Coliseum is looking to fill about 80 part-time positions, after furloughing hundreds of employees in March 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana.
Ticket Office Manager Patrick Ventura recalls that initial period of uncertainty at the start of the pandemic.
“We were selling concert tickets, hockey tickets, Mad Anthony tickets. We were selling like normal. Then, all the stay-at-home orders happened and we were just like ‘uh...sorry guys, go home today and we don’t know when you’re going to come back,” Ventura said.
He says events over these past months have been canceled or postponed numerous times.
So why are they hiring?
General Manager Randy Brown says sporting events like hockey, volleyball, and wrestling need staffing.
“The governor has permitted sporting events with the capacity of 25 percent of normal capacity,” Brown said.
This will fill the gap that furloughed employees who decided not to return left behind.
“Unfortunately the fact that they’ve been unemployed from the coliseum for a period of ten months, many of them have moved on to other jobs,” Brown said.
Ventura says that the Ticket Office will still be scaled back in the coming weeks. They are unable to open every window because of social distancing and are moving towards virtual ticketing.
“We still wanna be able to have a staff that we can count on to come in and give us smiling faces and great customer service,” He said.
Brown says the key to the Coliseum running back to normal is vaccinations.
“It’s one step at a time and the key is we have to get this vaccine in people’s arms. The sooner we get everyone vaccinated, the sooner we’ll be back to full capacity,” he said.
Interested applicants can get more information and submit applications in advance at www.memorialcoliseum.com/jobs.