TULSA — The Wichita B-52s Major Arena Soccer League game scheduled for today at Tulsa has been postponed as the host Revolution are seeking a new venue.
The game is now scheduled to be played at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 22.
The Revolution, in its second season, began play last year at the Cox Business Center Arena, which seats 8,900. According to the team's Web site, the team is seeking to play at the Expo Square Pavillion at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds, which seats 6,311.
The Expo Square Pavillion is the former home to the original Tulsa Oilers hockey team in the 1960s, the original home of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League (now playing at the SpiritBank Event Center in suburban Bixby, Okla.) and the Tulsa Roughnecks of the original North American Soccer League during indoor competition.
"We have thought long and hard about making this move, and didn't want to disrupt the season by doing this in the middle of the season, however, we felt that it would be in the team's best interest in order to secure our success in the future," Revolution co-owner and general manager Adam Mellor said.
Tulsa is 1-7 this season, sixth place in the MASL Central Division and seven games out of first. Wichita is 3-6, 5 1/2 games behind the Central Division leading Missouri Comets.
In four home dates, Tulsa is averaging 513 fans per game, tied for 20th in the 23-team league. Teams play a 20-game regular-season schedule, 10 at home.
Wichita's next scheduled games are Jan. 3 and 4 against the Seattle Impact in Kent, Wash.
The Impact is reportedly having problems of its own. According to reports by the Kent (Wash.) Reporter, owner-head coach-player Dion Earl is being sued by former employees for "emotional distress related to the alleged wrongful terminations, emotional and physical distress related to the sexual assaults and the loss of incomes related to employees who quit their jobs only to transfer into the hostile environment that Earl fostered."
The team's dance squad was disbanded after it's members reportedly resigned. Twenty-two players left the team Nov. 22 in the wake of the allegations.
The league and its commissioner, Kevin Milliken, also were named in the suit for failure to properly vet the Impact owner.
Seattle is 3-5, 1-3 since the player resignations. The Impact are a first-year team.
The MASL is in its first season of play as a reorganization of the Professional Arena Soccer League. The PASL was formed in 2008 as a professional arm of the Premier Arena Soccer League. The league has 22 active teams, including Wichita. The league reorganized this season after absorbing six teams from the currently suspended Major Indoor Soccer League.
The B-52s are in the second-year of play. Wichita is coming off an 8-7 loss Dec. 20 at home to Oxford City FC of Texas, the second one-point loss by the B-52s against Oxford City.