MPEC scrambles to find a new pro-sports team

Wildcats vs Lone Star face off. / Source: KAUZ
Wildcats vs Lone Star face off. / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - MPEC managers are searching for a new pro-sports team to fill the seats at Kay Yeager Coliseum.

The Wichita Falls Wildcats played and rented out the stadium for more than 30 home games a season.

But the Wildcats played their last franchise game last week.

Last week's playoff loss for the Wildcats might have been their last game under current ownership but it might not have been the last time they called Wichita Falls home.

Spectra is working with Wildcats ownership group and the North American Hockey League to find investors.

"To put the word out that a franchise is for sale in Wichita Falls," Brian Hoffman Spectra Special Event General Manager at the MPEC said.

The financial repercussions of losing the Wildcats is still unknown.

"It's 28 to 34 games that they play," Hoffman said. "That's a void we definitely have to look at if the hockey team doesn't return."

That could mean a new franchise but not necessarily a new hockey franchise.

"We have the turf so we may look at soccer leagues or maybe basketball leagues as the city owns flooring," Hoffman said. "It's too premature to say that this what we're looking to do if there is no hockey."

He went on to say they will have a better understanding if the Wildcats will return by June. That's around the time the NAHL puts together the schedule for next season.

As of now, the ice plant will continue to run 24 hours, 7 days a week during the NAHL hockey season whether or not the Wildcats play in the Falls next year.

That will be pricey paying for the electricity and gas.

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