Wings announce they will move out of the city

Posted: July 13, 2014

THE WINGS plan to relocate out of Philadelphia, the team announced on its website yesterday.

In a news release on the site, the Wings, who won six league championships, said they are in discussions with a "new strategic partner" to move to an as-yet undisclosed location, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League Board of Governers.

"My love for the Wings and my connection with the city has made this move all the more difficult," owner/president Michael French said in the release. "I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our Philadelphia supporters over the past 28 years.

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

The team said that fans who placed deposits or paid in full for tickets for the 2015 season will be issued a refund within 7 days, in the same manner in which they paid.

The Wings are owned and operated by Philadelphia Wings L.P., whose principal owners are French, Brad Brewster and Ted Goldthorpe. It is one of nine NLL teams.

In 28 seasons, the Wings were 182-168; their last championship was in 2001, under coach Tony Resch. Since then, they made the playoffs four times. Last season, the finished 6-10.

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