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Professional Indoor Soccer Set to Return to Wichita

The Major Indoor Soccer League announced that professional indoor soccer will return to Wichita for the 2011-12 season.  Wichita previously had an indoor soccer team, the Wings, from 1979 to 2001.  The League’s Management Committee has granted unanimous approval to the new Wichita team, who will play their home games at the Hartman Arena located in Park City, KS.

“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. “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.  Hartman has created or invested in over 40 additional companies including Hartman Arena, the Wichita Wild football team, Chester’s Chop House, H2 Plains, H2 Drilling and H2 Trucking.  A long-time advocate for those who don’t always have a voice in the system, Hartman has been recognized for his community involvement, having received the Wichita Business Journal Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008 and the Butler County Community College Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame award in 2009.  Hartman sits on the board of six Wichita organizations and supports more than 25 organizations.

"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 6,500 seat, multi-purpose facility with 15 acres of parking.  The building is subterranean (the seating bowl is located underground), which helps keep costs down for heating and cooling, and runs on electricity from a 150' tall wind turbine when there are no events.  Recycled materials were used for the steel, insulation, and plastics in the building.  New, innovative recycling ideas are in place inside the arena and carpoolers are rewarded with free parking at events.  The Hartman Arena is also the home of the Wichita Wild indoor football professional team and offers several premium seating options.  For more information on the Hartman Arena, visit the venue’s website at   
About the Major Indoor Soccer League
The MISL represents the Major League of professional indoor soccer in the United States and features the finest indoor soccer players from around the world. The league currently has five member clubs for the 2010-11 season: the Baltimore Blast, Chicago Riot, Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets and the Omaha Vipers.  The 2010-11 regular season began on November 12 and will end on March 13. The postseason will begin the weekend of March 18 and conclude at the end of the month.  For more information about the MISL, visit the League’s official website

This week in the MISL:
Friday, March 4 – Chicago Riot at Baltimore Blast
Friday, March 4 – Milwaukee Wave at Omaha Vipers
Sunday, March 6 – Baltimore Blast at Milwaukee Wave
Sunday, March 6 – Chicago Riot at Missouri Comets

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