2.03.2007

KC: Goodbye Arrowhead, Hello... Arrowhead?

So much for the K.C. Wizards having to play on a high school field this year. According to various reports, the team appears set to stay at Arrowhead Stadium, at least for 2007. Scheduled renovations were to leave the stadium unaccessible, but a delay in the design plans means the Wizards should be able to stay put at least for a year.

In the meantime, they should focus their efforts on getting a soccer-specific stadium site, as Arrowhead will likely be out of commission to the Wiz for the '08 season. More likely, they will be breaking ground on a new training facility in Swope Park. Hopefully they can get a stadium built, because we'd hate to see the training facility go empty when the Wizards move to St. Louis.

7 comments:

M said...

When the Wizards move to St. Louis? When has there ever been proof or any talks even of the Wizards moving to St. Louis?

TJ said...

It has always been suggested that Kansas City is one of the weakest markets in MLS and St. Louis is one of the strongest contenders for an expansion team. Therefore, put 1 and 1 together and it's not that crazy to suggest that the team could be sold, if attendance doesn't improve and a SSS isn't started soon.

Alan said...

"It has always been suggested that Kansas City is one of the weakest markets in MLS and St. Louis is one of the strongest contenders for an expansion team. Therefore, put 1 and 1 together and it's not that crazy to suggest that the team could be sold, if attendance doesn't improve and a SSS isn't started soon."

This shows how little you know of our situation. We have a new ownership group that is willing, if not eager, to spend money on growing the product. The last two seasons have been, quite frankly, hell. No advertising. No games on radio. No games on television (other than games broadcast by our opponents and the last few games last year). Hardly any people selling tickets.

The practice facility in Swope Park is one of the first steps in making sure this team has everything it needs to be successful. The front office staff has doubled since OnGoal took over. We had 2 coaches at the end of last season. We now have 4, as well as a team administrator.

Simply put, the Wizards aren't going anywhere, except when they move into a world-class, state-of-the-art SSS in 2009. Anyone who suggests otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

M said...

But your information is based on nothing but complete speculation.

Do you even follow what's going on? As Alan said, there is committed ownership in KC that has shown nothing but a willingness to keep the Wizards in KC at any cost.

It's pathetic that even now with the Wizards having committed local ownership that people still seem to think the team is on the chopping block to move.

TJ said...

I understand that no advertising played a big role in the DISMAL attendance in K.C. last year, and I know all about the new ownership group. I was commenting on the fact that the MLS has moved teams with stronger attendance (San Jose) for lacking a SSS plan and I haven't heard much positive news on that front from the Wizards.

Don't get heated, I'm hoping the team stays put... just saying that the MLS will only wait so long before they move the team to a stronger market.

Brian Stevens said...

Don't worry...the Wizards aren't going anywhere.

M said...

MLS did not move San Jose, their owners, AEG moved San Jose, there is a difference. The owners of San Jose were moving the team, not the league. The owners of the Wizards have no interest in moving the team.