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Wichita’s indoor football team moving to new arena for 2020

December 26, 2019 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The indoor football team in Wichita is leaving its downtown arena for another home north of the city built specifically for the sport.

The Wichita Force has announced that it will leave the Intrust Bank Arena downtown and move to Hartman Arena in Park City, The Wichita Eagle reports. The first of six home games at the new venue is set for April 3.

“This building was originally built with indoor football in mind,” said Abby Marr, director of sales and marketing for the Hartman Arena. “We know how to do football and we’re very excited.”

Wichita oilman and restaurateur Wink Hartman developed the 5,000-seat arena largely as a home for the Wichita Wild. Hartman owned the Wild, which played at his arena from 2009 until it folded in 2014.

The downtown arena can seat 13,000 for indoor football, but the Force says it has averaged about 3,500 spectators a game.

The Force began playing there in 2015. Hartman has no ownership interest in the team.

The Force plays in the Champions Indoor Football League, which has seven teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa.