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Locked in the Cage18-The Battle at the Capitol arrives in Harrisburg on New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31st bringing with it the best professional & amateur MIxed Martial Arts fighters in the region. The Forum Auditorium sits on the corner of Walnut & 5th Streets & is part of the PA Capitol Complex. Come out early & enjoy the fireworks inside the cage before heading over for the NYE countdown & Strawberry drop at the Harrisburg Hilton/Strawberry Square before moving the party down to one of the many nightlife spots on 2nd Street's Restaurant Row..all within walking distance of the Forum.
DIRECTIONS TO THE FORUM:
The Forum is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue
Take I-76E (PA Turnpike) and take Exit 236 for US-15 toward Harrisburg/Gettysburg and continue toward US-15N and merge onto US-15N. Continue onto Harvey Taylor Bridge, which will lead you onto Forster St. Turn right at N 7th St. N 7th St turns slightly right and will become Walnut St. The Forum Building is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Ave.
Take I-76W (PA Turnpike) toward Harrisburg and take Exit 247 to merge onto I-283N toward PA-283/Harrisburg/Hershey. Take Exit 3A on left to merge onto I-83S toward Harrisburg and take Exit 43 toward Capitol/2nd St. Turn slight left at S 2nd St, turn right at Market St, and turn left at N 5th St. The Forum building will be in front of you at the corner of Walnut St and Commonwealth Ave.
From I-83N, take Exit 43 toward Capitol/2nd St. Turn slight left at S 2nd St, turn right at Market St, and turn left at N 5th St. The Forum building will be in front of you at the corner of Walnut St and Commonwealth Ave.
From State College:
Take US-322E and continue onto US-22E until you get into Harrisburg. Turn right at Maclay St, and then turn left at N 7th St. N 7th St turns slightly right and will become Walnut Street. The Forum Building is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Ave.
From I-79S, take Exit 116A to merge onto I-80E toward Clarion. Take Exit 161 for PA-26 toward US-220S/Bellefonte. Turn right at I-99S/PA-26S and take Exit 73 to merge onto US-322E toward State College/Lewistown. Continue onto US-22E until you get into Harrisburg. Turn right at Maclay St, and then turn left at N 7th St. N 7th St turns slightly right and will become Walnut Street. The Forum Building is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Ave.
From I-81S take Exit 66 for Front St toward Downtown Harrisburg. Keep left at the fork and continue on N Front St. Turn left at Forster St and turn right at N 7th St. N 7th St turns slightly right and will become Walnut St. The Forum Building is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Commonwealth Ave.
Near the Forum Building 5th Street Garage (Market St & N 5th St) – From Forum, continue onto Walnut Street and turn left onto Aberdeen Street. Turn left onto Market Street—parking garage will be on left at the corner of Market and N 5th Streets.
Walnut Street Garage (215 Walnut Street) – From Forum, continue onto Walnut Street, parking will be on the left.
There are several visitor spaces on Commonwealth Avenue between North Drive and Walnut Street. All Capitol Complex visitors’ spaces have a one or two-hour limit; all spaces designated for individuals with disabilities have a two-hour limit. Metered spaces are available on Walnut Street, with four-hour limits ($0.25 for 10 minutes).
Buses may use the vacant parking lot beside the office of NASW-PA in Camp Hill. To get there from the Forum Building, continue onto Walnut St and turn right onto N 2nd St. Turn left at Forster St and continue onto Harvey Taylor Bridge. Turn right at N 21 st Stand then turn right at Plaza 21 (you will see a sign for Wendy’s as well). You may park anywhere in the open lot.
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Crossroads Promotions, LLC
Steven Gaugler, CEO of Crossroads Promotions, LLC founded the event promotion & marketing company based out of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 2016. Gaugler, a former amateur MMA fighter, appeared on the scene after recognizing a major void in the MMA marketplace. Gaugler, who fought for Combat in the Cage in the early 2000’s had to travel to New Jersey where the sport was sanctioned in order to compete. After watching the sport cultivate over the last decade, Gaugler recognized that the small regional shows which appeared as the sport began to resurge in the late 2000’s had begun to disappear. He understood the impact that had on local amateur and debut professional fighters who were testing the waters. It meant long commutes to compete with little to no support from a hometown crowd. He became committed to creating a local stage for these up & coming athletes to test their skills with the support of their family, friends, & teammates.
Fran Evans, CEO of Locked in the Cage (LITC), got his start in combat sports as an amateur boxer and wrestler from the streets of Kensington in Philadelphia. With over 75 amateur boxing fights, Fran transitioned into MMA in 2004 on the advice of his good friend Eddie Alvarez. Fran went on to rack up nine amateur fights, and has competed in both muay thai and grappling tournaments in various parts of the country. Fran captured his first professional victory under Bellator Fighting Championships in October 2010, and currently holds a professional record of 1-0. While fighting, Fran gained experience on the business side of MMA by co-promoting MMA events with a Philadelphia MMA promotional brand in the mid-late 2000’s known as Combat in the Cage. Fran’s passion the business side of the sport grew stronger, and LITC was born shortly after. The first LITC show was held on November 20, 2009, and drew an astonishing 2800 fans in attendance. LITC went on to promote 15 consecutive MMA shows between 2009-2013. Eventually, Evans took a break from the MMA promoting business after recognizing that the Philadelphia marketplace had become saturated with competition.
In early 2016 a non-profit group reached out to Gaugler about putting together an event to bring attention to their fundraising efforts to raise money for Homes For Our Troops, another non-profit group that builds special adaptive homes for wounded combat veterans. The veteran that they were raising funds for was Army Corporal Kevin McCloskey who, prior to his injury, had competed in MMA in the Army’s 101st Airborne. Gaugler read Kevin McCloskey’s biography & recognized that Kevin had wrestled at Philadelphia’s Northeast Catholic High School alongside Locked in the Cage CEO Francis Evans, Jr. & the UFC’s #1 lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez. Gaugler immediately contacted Evans & the 2 companies joined forces to promote the event. The event took place on Saturday April 2, 2016 to a sold out crowd at The Orchards Ballroom in Chambersburg, PA. As a result of the overwhelming success of the event, Gaugler & Evans immediately decided that their alliance would continue. Gaugler’s Crossroads Promotions, LLC is primarily responsible for the promotional & marketing aspect of the business while Evan’s Locked In The Cage, LLC coordinates the live events.