A guest panel of former Wichita Wings players will regale Wichita natives looking for a piece of 1980s nostalgia with tales of their playing days, on and off the field, on Friday night.
The event, "Tales From the Wings Locker Room," will start at 7 p.m. Friday at LaVela, located at 6147 E. 13th St. N., and will include Andy Chapman, Kim Roentved, Roy Turner, Kevin Kewley and Sammy Lane, all former Wings. General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door, while $50 VIP tickets include early admission at 6 p.m. for a cocktail hour with the guest panelists, two drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and reserved seating.
Proceeds from the event will be used to fund an ongoing film project about the Wings headed up by producers Tim O'Bryhim and Tori Deatherage, directors Adam Knapp and Kenneth Linn and Wings historian Michael Romalis. They expect the film to be completed sometime this fall.
"These guys really were local heroes in the '80s, down to earth enough to drink with locals and cool enough to spend time coaching kids camps, all while being professional athletes," Deatherage said. "Reuniting these players will bring out a lot of memories and stories the public have never heard. Even those who weren't fans will enjoy the humor and nostalgia that they will bring."
The film aims to tell the story of the professional indoor soccer team that took Wichita by storm from 1979 to 1992. The Wings averaged nearly 10,000 fans for several years playing in the Kansas Coliseum and featured world-class players from all over who played for coach Roy Turner against teams from major cities across America.
The idea for the film was spawned following the successful launch of the book "Make This Town Big" by O'Bryhim and Romalis nearly two years ago.
The event on Friday will also be used to help fund the crew to conduct interviews with other Wings legends, including Mike Dowler, Mickey Thomas, Erik Rasmussen, Jorgen Kristensen and Per Roentved.