The PASL’s Wichita expansion team was introduced as the Wichita B-52s at a press conference on Thursday, August 22.
"This has been a great market for indoor soccer in the past and it can be again," said team president Joseph Pindell at the press conference. "This is Wichita's team and it's a responsibility I don't take lightly."
The B-52s take the place of Major Indoor Soccer League’s Wichita Wings, which the league announced would not return for 2013-14. Wings owner Wink Hartman began looking for a new owner shortly after the 2012-13 season ended, but new ownership was not found in time for the MISL to begin season preparations with the team on-board.
The team colors take a cue from Wichita’s indoor soccer history. The B-52s will use blue and orange, which were two of the colors used by the original Wichita Wings franchise in the 1980s and 1990s. The team name and logo come from the city’s history of manufacturing the B-52 bombers – over 700 were built in Wichita.
The B-52s also introduced the team’s first head coach, Larry Inlow. Inlow played professional indoor soccer for the original Wichita Wings and three other teams. Recently, Inlow was an assistant coach for the Wings and coached the Premier Arena Soccer League’s Wichita Gunners.
The team will begin play in November 2013.