Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wings leaving Philadelphia for unknown new territory

The Wings have slung their last goal in Philadelphia.

Citing the crowded Philadelphia sports market, the team will be seeking an as yet unnamed future home.

Especially destroyed by the announcement will be Wings fans, who have been one of the tightest followings in the NLL since the franchise's inception. In their first two years, the Wings were drawing over 12,000 fans per game (the highest attendance in the league); unheard of numbers for the fledgling league in 1987-88.

Then, in 1989, the Wings took flight with a 6-2 season that saw them cut down the New England Blazers to win the NLL championship. Among the Wings' heroes that season were Mike French, a college Hall of Famer who had led the Canadian National Team to an OT victory over the Americans at the 1978 World Lacrosse Championships, a year removed from being gutted 28-4 in the same game.

It was only appropriate, then, for Wings icon French to be the one to relay the news that the team that captivated Delaware Valley lacrosse fans for 28 years would be leaving them behind.

“My love for the Wings and my connection with the city has made this move all the more difficult,” said French, the Wings Owner and Team President. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our Philadelphia supporters over the past 28 years.

Fans who had placed deposits on 2015 season tickets will be refunded.

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