Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wings to fly from Philly to Connecticut

Wings captain Brodie Merrill. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Wings)
Wings captain Brodie Merrill. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Wings)

The Philadelphia Wings, the city's long-time indoor lacrosse franchise, will move to Connecticut for next season.

Mohegan Sun and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which also operates a casino in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday that they bought half the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League.

The Wings will play their home games at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

An official announcement is expected Wednesday afternoon.

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The Wings have won six championships in their 28 years in Philadelphia. Since the closure of the Spectrum, the team has played its home games at the Wells Fargo Center. Their new stadium is roughly half the size of the South Philadelphia arena.

"The financial model in a market with so many sport and entertainment alternatives has proven to be unsustainable," said Wings owner and team president Michael French. "Finding a new venue with new strategic partners was the only way to ensure financial stability."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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