Major Indoor Soccer League announced today that the Wichita Wings will join the league for the 2011-12 season. Yet another potential rival (and road trip) for the Missouri Comets.
The league's management committee has granted unanimous approval to the team, who will play their home games at the Hartman Arena located in Park City, Kansas.
“Returning the MISL and professional indoor soccer to Wichita has been a goal of mine since I joined the MISL in 2002,” said MISL Commissioner David Grimaldi in a statement released by the league. “Wichita has a rich history, having maintained its status as one of the most successful professional indoor soccer teams on and off the field. Even today it has a strong following and tremendous support from the local community. We are fortunate to have Wichita, Mr. "Wink" Hartman and the great Wichita fans re-joining the MISL. This is a great day for the MISL.”
The Wings will be owned and operated by Willis “Wink” Hartman, the President of Hartman Oil and founder of H2 Plains, LLC, H2 Drilling and H2 Trucking.
"It has to be noted that in spite of the tough economic times we are all facing, the MISL provides fans with the "best-value buy" in sports entertainment,” Grimaldi said. “Our game has been in existence since 1978 and is entertaining, fast-paced, high-scoring, fiercely competitive and affordable for the entire family. This is a true win-win situation for the city and fans of Wichita and the MISL. We are also working on an upcoming announcement regarding another great market that will be joining the MISL."
Hartman Arena is a 6,5000 seat, multi-purpose facility with plenty of parking. It is also the home of the Wichita Wild indoor football professional team and offers several premium seating options.