Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Wichita, Kansas Pro Sports Guide
Wichita Wingnuts - AA (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball)
The Wingnuts are the latest in a string of semi-pro baseball teams in Wichita, dating back to the Indians in the 1950's. The team plays out of the 6,400 seat Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, which was built way back in 1934. The Wingnuts began play in 2008 and have already won two division titles. As the full name of the league indicates, the team is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
Wichita Wild - CPIFL (Champions Professional Indoor Football League)
The CPIFL and the Wild will start their inaugural season in 2013. The league consists of ten teams from the U.S. Midwestern states. The Wild will play their home games out of the 6,500 seat Hartman Arena. The Hartman is a new venue, completed in 2009.
Wichita Thunder - CHL (Central Hockey League)
The Thunder are a charter member of the CHL (new version), starting play in 1992-93. The team enjoyed early success, winning the Ray Miron President's Cup in 1993-94 and 1994-95. The Thunder came close to winning their third title in 2011-12, losing in the finals. The team plays its home games out of the 15,004 Intrust Bank Arena, another new venue in Wichita, opened in 2010.
Wichita Wings - MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League)
The current version of the Wichita Wings is now in their second season in the MISL. An earlier version played from 1979 to 2001 before folding. The Wings share the Hartman Arena with the Wichita Wild.