KC AREA RETURNS TO MISL AS COMETS JOIN FOR 2010-11
“The MISL is thrilled to be returning to the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and excited to have one of the best professional indoor soccer markets as part of our League once again,” said MISL Commissioner David Grimaldi. “Owners Mickey Scheetz, Ed Scheetz and Brian Budzinski are committed to bringing the exciting, high-scoring and affordable game of professional indoor soccer to Independence, MO and making all the fans and supporters of the Comets proud. In spite of the economy, the MISL is again attracting the interest of many cities, arenas and investors. The Comets is only the start, a great start, and we will soon be making further, exciting announcements regarding our growth, expansion and strategic relationships.”
Mickey Scheetz, Chairman of the Board and long-time Portland Oregon business owner and resident has teamed up with his son Ed Scheetz and Brian Budzinski to form Top of the Arc, LLC., the ownership group responsible for bringing the new team to Independence Missouri.
”The return of professional indoor soccer presents a unique opportunity to give back to the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan community,” said Ed Scheetz. “We are excited to partner with the City of Independence and plan to work as hard as possible to provide a fun, family oriented, exciting sports product that gives true value to our fans’ entertainment dollar.”
The Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area has a rich history of indoor soccer, dating back to the 1981-82 season when the Kansas City Comets joined the original MISL under the leadership of Tim Leiweke, presently the CEO of AEG, INC and the LA Galaxy of the MLS. The Comets remained in Kansas City until the completion of the 1990-91 season at which time the Atlanta Attack moved to Kansas City, becoming the Kansas City Attack and competing in the NPSL. The Attack changed its name back to the Comets for the 2001-02 MISL season and continued playing thru the 2004-05 MISL campaign. For more information on the newest MISL team, visit the team’s website www.missouricomets.com.
The 5,800-seat Independence Events Center features 25 luxury suites and 2,000 paved parking spaces on site and is also home to the Central Hockey League Missouri Mavericks. The events center also hosts concerts, trade shows, professional sporting events, festivals and community ceremonies. For more information on the Independence Events Center, please visit the venue’s website at http://www.independenceeventscenter.com.