FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Purdue Fort Wayne sports programs have a new home.
On Wednesday, most of the university's teams became members of the Horizon League, a 42-year-old association comprising about 2,700 student-athletes from 12 institutions.
When the move was announced last year, officials said the Horizon League offered strategic advantages over the sprawling Summit League, in which the Mastodons had been competing.
The Summit League provided challenges including long road trips to places in North and South Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska.
In contrast, most schools in the Horizon League are within a half-day's drive of Fort Wayne.
The most distant member school is in Green Bay, Wis.
Purdue Fort Wayne fields teams in 16 NCAA Division I sports and will sponsor 15 teams in the Horizon League: men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball.
The men's volleyball program will continue to compete in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
The move to the Horizon League will foster an in-state rivalry with IUPUI, the only other Indiana-based university in the league.
Many Horizon League events are streamed to ESPN networks and digital platforms, which serve as a primary broadcast outlet for the league.