August 21, 2012
The Wichita Wild announced the team will be playing in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League for the 2013 season. The CPIFL has been built to establish itself as the premier indoor football league in the Midwest. This new league allows Wichita the opportunity to kindle old rivalries with franchises in Tulsa, Kansas City, and Sioux City.
John Blazek, General Manager of the Wichita Wild is very excited about the opportunity to join the new league. “The CPIFL is a great fan friendly league and for the first time in franchise history gives our fans the opportunity to travel to most of our away games.” The CPIFL will have teams in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa.
Coach Morris Lolar looks to continue building the team not just on the field but in the community as well. “We’re happy to get a chance to play closer to home. I feel this is a very sound move to help strengthen our fan base, and allow local talent to be developed.” Lolar finished the 2012 season at 9-7 leading the Wild deep into postseason play.
The Wichita Wild organization was founded by owner Wink Hartman in 2007, playing their first season as an independent team. In 2008, the Wild joined the United Indoor Football league which would later merge with the Intense Football League to create the Indoor Football League. In just its sixth year in existence, the Wichita Wild has become the most winning indoor football franchise in Wichita’s history.
The CPIFL has reunited many Midwest rivalries to indoor football that have been split by other leagues. This move will create more regional exposure for the Wild as they continue to build their fan base. The Wild organization looks forward to showcasing all the action and excitement of the CPIFL for football fans in Hartman arena next spring.