Wings leaving Philadelphia; will play lacrosse elsewhere

Posted: July 12, 2014

The Wings have played their final game in Philadelphia. The National Lacrosse League franchise announced plans Friday to move to a new market next season.

The team has played in Philadelphia for 28 years, but the economics no longer work, owner and president Michael French said.

"The financial model in a market with so many sport and entertainment alternatives has proven to be unsustainable," French said in a statement. "Finding a new venue with new strategic partners was the only way to ensure financial stability."

The organization, one of nine in the NLL, is in discussions with an undisclosed city. The move is pending approval by the league's board of governors.

Fans who have already paid for tickets next season or made deposits toward them will receive full refunds within the next seven days, the team said.

The Wings, who played at the Wells Fargo Center, have won five league championships, but the last came in 2001. The team finished 6-10 this season and missed the playoffs.

French has been with the Wings since their inception in 1987. He entered into the ownership partnership in 1997, and took over as president in 2013.

"My love for the Wings and my connection with the city has made this move all the more difficult," French said.

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