Wizards On The Move In 2008

Wizards On The Move In 2008

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 6, 2007
  • 4 Comments

Rumor has it that the Kansas City Wizards are on the move for the 2008 season. They will no longer be playing in Arrowhead Stadium and will be moving to a baseball stadium in the Kansas City area until their soccer stadium situation can be situated.

It looks as though they will be moving to the CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City. The CA Ballpark is home to a minor league baseball team, so just when we thought the MLS was done sharing a field with a baseball team the Wizards go and move to a baseball park.

The Ballpark holds just below 6,000 and has a stadium record of 10,345; so it will be perfect for the Wizards who have trouble drawing over 10,000.

The move will be temporary of course, the Wizards are hoping it will just be a two year thing until a soccer stadium is ready. The current target date is for the Wizards to open a new soccer stadium in 2009.

This move sounds a lot like what FC Dallas did a few years back when they moved into a high school football stadium for a little while. This may actually be a good thing for the Wizards though. Getting out of Arrowhead stadium should be a good thing even though this is a slight step backward. Plus with the stadium that the expansion San Jose Earthquakes are playing in this coming season, really small stadiums will be the thing I suppose for some clubs in 2008 (and 2009).

As mentioned before the Wizards are hoping to move after two seasons into a new stadium…the only photo of a possible stadium I could find was this one below. Not bad, if I were a Wizards fan I would gladly take this temporary move to get this stadium.

  • Martek

    We just drew 30,000 here in Houston for the playoff game and I don't think there were more than 2-3 games all year that Dynamo drew less than 18,500, which is the projected max capacity for that pretty stadium in the photo you have there. I know it might set ol' Lamar Hunt spinning in his grave, but it may be time to seriously look at the possibility that the Wizards have to get out of KC. Maybe St. Louis?

  • Martek

    We just drew 30,000 here in Houston for the playoff game and I don’t think there were more than 2-3 games all year that Dynamo drew less than 18,500, which is the projected max capacity for that pretty stadium in the photo you have there. I know it might set ol’ Lamar Hunt spinning in his grave, but it may be time to seriously look at the possibility that the Wizards have to get out of KC. Maybe St. Louis?

  • M

    That stadium rendering above is from the failed attempt to get a stadium built in southern Johnson County about a year ago. Although that rendering could still be the one that the team is planning on right now.<br />
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    Martek, who is going to seriously look at moving the team? Cause MLS doesn't move teams, the owners do. And KC has a group of committed LOCAL owners, who are working on getting a stadium built. Get all your facts straight before you start spouting crap.

  • M

    That stadium rendering above is from the failed attempt to get a stadium built in southern Johnson County about a year ago. Although that rendering could still be the one that the team is planning on right now.

    Martek, who is going to seriously look at moving the team? Cause MLS doesn’t move teams, the owners do. And KC has a group of committed LOCAL owners, who are working on getting a stadium built. Get all your facts straight before you start spouting crap.