The MISL announced today that Wichita will enter the league for the 2011-12 season. The Wings previously played in Wichita from 1979 to 2001. They will play their home games at the Hartman Arena located in Park City, KS.
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.
Hartman Arena is a 6,500 seat, multi-purpose facility. 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.
With the Wings back in the league, the Comets have added another close regional rival. There have been talks with investors in St. Louis about joining the league next year as well. If Omaha survives their financial difficulties and Chicago can find investors, the MISL has the makings of a very nice regional rivalry league.
Expect another new team announcement soon from a city that I have not mentioned. I promised I would not say their location or name but think north...