July 10, 2014
Bob Kehm

Chaifetz Hosts Thousands for 2014 FeTNA Convention

Performers on stage during the three-day FeTNA Convention.
Percussionists perform for audiences during the three-day FeTNA Convention. Submitted photo
Jim Wynkoop (right), general manager of Chaifetz Arena, is honored with an authentic Tamil garment and is presented with a plaque by FeTNA’s Gnans Palaniappian of the local organizing committee as recognition of the outstanding service and hospitality provided during the three-day FeTNA convention.
Jim Wynkoop (right), general manager of Chaifetz Arena, is honored with an authentic Tamil garment and is presented with a plaque by FeTNA’s Gnans Palaniappian of the local organizing committee as recognition of the outstanding service and hospitality provided during the three-day FeTNA convention. Submitted photo

Indian Americans from across the United States converged at Chaifetz Arena this past weekend for the three-day 2014 Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) annual convention.

The convention featured all aspects of the Tamil tradition including percussion performances, the Tamil Bee Jeopardy-style contest, discussions by professors from Harvard and Stanford, a dance competition, a children's theatre, break-out meetings, panel discussions, and speeches by various scholars about Tamil literature, culture and lifestyle.

"It is an honor and a privilege to host an event of this magnitude, and we continually strive to make Chaifetz Arena a welcome home for community events," said Jim Wynkoop, general manager of Chaifetz Arena. "I am also really proud and thankful of our staff who worked tirelessly throughout the holiday weekend to ensure this event was a success."

The Chaifetz Pavilion served as a dining hall for all meals during each of the three days which included authentic Tamil cuisine, and the Chaifetz Arena concourse served as a marketplace for a variety of Tamil vendors. FeTNA attendees also filled the rooms at Saint Louis University's Hotel Ignacio throughout the weekend.

About Chaifetz Arena

Chaifetz Arena is a 10,600-seat arena with a basketball and volleyball practice-play facility and a three-story athletic office complex. Home of the Saint Louis University men's and women's basketball teams, it features top-notch locker rooms and state-of-the-art training and sports medicine facilities. The arena serves as an entertainment venue for the St. Louis metropolitan area, hosting events such as Disney on Ice, 'TNA Impact Wrestling' Live, and performances by Elton John, Lupe Fiasco and Mike Epps.

About Global Spectrum

Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages Chaifetz Arena as well as more than 120 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Penn., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies.

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