Kansas City Outlaws Suspend Operations
The Kansas City Outlaws announced today that they have suspended operations in the United Hockey League for the 2005-2006 season, effective immediately. The team will either transfer to another market or attempt to sell the franchise outright.
The United Hockey League now consists of 14 teams with a 15th team, in Roanoke, VA being added next season.
The franchise averaged less than 2,800 fans per game playing in Kemper Arena. Despite a very strong marketing effort by the Outlaws and its staff, the team was never able to capture the imagination of the Kansas City market and re-kindle the hockey flame that existed with the Kansas City Blades. Kansas City sports and entertainment fans never gave us the opportunity to become a part of their lives and that is very disappointing. With the demise of the Blades four years ago, perhaps people have found other avenues for entertainment. Hockey may have become too foreign, said Richard Adler team president.
The Outlaws want to thank those fans and sponsors who supported the team.
Season ticket deposits that have been received, for the 2005-2006 season, will be refunded by the end of April 2005. The Outlaws offices will remain open until April 29th at Kemper Arena.
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