Wizards chief says move to Kansas in the works

Wizards chief says move to Kansas in the works

Published Dec. 19, 2009 1:17 a.m. ET

Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman is telling supporters the team will be moving to Kansas.

In a letter posted on the team's Web site, Heineman says he is confident bonds can be sold for the construction of a soccer stadium in Wyandotte County's Village West development.

He says site preparation could begin as early as next week, with plans to have the stadium open midway through the 2011 season.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corp. and OnGoal, the group representing the Wizards, are proposing a $414 million development near the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The project includes an 18,500-seat stadium for the Wizards and two dozen soccer fields for amateur teams.

The team currently plays at a stadium across the state line in Missouri.