Nighthawks to Take Flight this Spring

A new football team was unveiled to Wichita Falls Tuesday morning at the Country Club.

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks will be a professional, minor-league football team that will kick off their season in February.

They plan to play in the Minor Pro Football League this year, and are in talks to join a re-formed United States Football League as an expansion team the next season. The MPFL is the league in which the Wichita Falls Vipers formerly played.

They'll play five home games at Memorial Stadium, with games being played on Sundays at 3 p.m. and tickets costing ten dollars. They will open the season at home against the defending MPFL champion North Texas Stampede.

At Tuesday's press conference members of the organization said the team will be different than previous pro and semi-pro teams in Wichita Falls.

"We decided to invest some money and bring something here that is above reproach," said General Manager Jerry Hughes. "I encourage you guys to look into the team, and look into every area you can to find a weak spot. We're that confident in the product that we're putting on the field."

Hughes said many players have already been selected from all over the country, but there will also be a tryout on October 14 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium to help finalize the roster.