The Kansas City Comets have been sold to a newly-formed ownership group.
The indoor soccer team, which returned to Kansas City in 2010, will be turned over to a contingent of Midwest investors led by managing partner Colin Weaver, the franchise announced. Weaver plans to keep the team at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence and retain the front-office staff.
The group expressed interest in purchasing the Comets after attending a game in February.
“It was an exciting game, and the fans created a great atmosphere,” Weaver said in a press release. “After the game, the players chatted with fans on the field and signed autographs for hundreds of kids. The staff did a lot of quality production work behind the scenes to make it a fun experience for everyone.”
Weaver, who grew up in Alaska, plans to re-locate to Kansas City to focus full-time on the Comets’ day-to-day operations. The team, which plays in the Major Arena Soccer League, will begin its ninth season at SEC Arena in December.
Brian Budzinski was the previous principal owner of Top of the Arc LLC, the Comets’ ownership group since 2010. In 2016, that ownership group became tangled in a legal dispute over the breakdown over their arrangement.
“The Comets have been part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Budzinski said in a press release. “They have created great memories for lots of people, young and old, that will last a lifetime.”