As local sports teams leave town, city looks to fill the void at Kay Yeager Coliseum

The city of Wichita Falls along with the company that runs the Multi Purpose Events Center are trying to determine what to do next, now that two sports teams are no longer playing out of Kay Yeager Coliseum.

In just the past six months, the Wildcats hockey team and the Nighthawks indoor football team have ceased operations in Wichita Falls. After a recent injunction filed by the Indoor Football League, the Wichita Falls Nighthawks are the latest to announce they will no longer play in 2018.

"Well it's an unfortunate situation for the Nighthawks organization and for the city of Wichita Falls," City Manager Darron Leiker said.
However, Leiker says the city does remain hopeful the Nighthawks will be able to make a come back.

"First of all, we will continue to work with the Nighthawks owner, Drew Carnes, to hopefully accommodate them in the future. But secondly, we're actively trying to recruit other anchor tenants, as we call them," Leiker said.

"That's 34 more or less events right at the top we got to add because we don't have those 34 events on the books this point in time due to the loss of those two teams," Spectra General Manager Brian Hoffman said.

According to Hoffman, that's about 28 night games the Wildcats would have played before folding in April and now six to eight additional home games the Nighthawks would have played.

"But we are in discussions currently with some potential investors for bringing back a hockey team in the 2018-2019 season, as well as a possible soccer team," Hoffman said.

Leiker also says he's always in talks with Spectra about how to drive even more entertainment to the events center. 

"I talk with their local manager on at least a weekly basis," Leiker said. "If not, even more than that about what they're doing to bring more concerts, more family entertainment, both to the Coliseum, the exhibit hall and also upstairs in our auditorium."

Spectra just wrapped up its first year of operations with the city last month. They're currently adding up total operating loss and revenue for the fiscal year.

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