Professional indoor soccer will have a new look in Wichita.
A new team name — the B-52s — and orange-and-blue airplane logo were unveiled Thursday at Hartman Arena, along with the new owner, Joey Pindell, and new coach, Larry Inlow.
“Everything is going to be very exciting, very fresh,” Inlow said. “I think it’s going to be good for the city.”
The B-52s replace the Wings, which were owned by Wink Hartman. He put the Wings up for sale in March after two difficult seasons financially and on the field. The Wings, which were resurrected after the original franchise folded in 2001, were 15-35 over the past two years.
While the Wings played in the MISL, the B-52s will play in the Professoinal Arena Soccer League, which has 20 teams.
“We were working with some local ownership groups,” said Kevin Milliken, commissioner of the PASL. “ A lot wanted to wait another year. Morrie (Sheets) and I didn’t want to wait.”
Sheets was handling the sale of the Wings as the director of operations and vice president for real estate for Hartman Oil.
Milliken was working on a team in St. Louis with Pindell and approached him about buying the team.
Pindell, 25, who was an account executive for the St. Louis Rams, most recently was the marketing/ticketing vice president for Texas vs. he Nation, an annual college football game.
Inlow, 38, is a Wichita native and played soccer at Southeast and Newman, where he was a two-time all-American. Inlow, who played five years with the original Wings, played with three other professional teams, including the San Diego Sockers.
He said the decision to coach the B-52s was easy.
“I honestly knew before I got off the phone (with Milliken) that it’s what I wanted to do,” said Inlow, who is a Wichita firefighter and EMT.
The PASL differs from the MISL in that it doesn’t allow slide tackling — although it allows sliding to block or score. There’s also a two-minute penalty on the sixth foul.
And there are no three lines for field players, only the goal, so it should open up the field and allow for a faster-paced game.
There’s also no multi-point scoring on goals.
Season tickets are available for the eight home games at Hartman Arena. The first home game is Nov. 9 and the last is Feb. 9.
The least expensive season ticket package is $90, while the highest-priced package is 180. Single-game tickets will sell between $9 and $25.