April 21, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The transfer of the Wings Stadium complex to Western Michigan University is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Ted and Martha Parfet, owners of the Stadium, and WMU President Elson S. Floyd have reached an agreement in principle to transfer the 11-acre complex to the University and continue its operation as an integral part of the community's recreation and entertainment facilities.
Ted Parfet announced April 17 that the Michigan K-Wings, the professional hockey team that has played in the stadium, was ending its 13-year affiliation with the Dallas Stars and he has asked that the local team be put on inactive status with the International Hockey League.
"For some time, Martha and I have been examining both the short-term and long-term options to insure that the continued use of the stadium complex is in the best interest of the community," said Parfet. "Based on this review, we feel that transfer to Western Michigan University will secure the long-term future of the facility."
Floyd said details of the arrangement will be announced in a news conference to be scheduled sometime in the near future, but he expects the transfer to be completed on or about June 30.
"The Parfets and I agree that this is a wonderful facility that needs to remain an important asset for the Kalamazoo community," said Floyd. "While we are still working out all the details of the transfer, our fundamental goal is that the complex continue to be available to the community for traditional community entertainment events, youth and high school hockey leagues, figure skating and public skating."
Wings Stadium was first conceived in 1973 when the Parfets, along with other local partners, secured an IHL franchise and built the stadium in less than six months. Professional play began at the stadium in October 1974.
The Wings Stadium complex includes the main stadium, which seats more than 5,100 for hockey games and more than 7,000 for concerts, as well as The Annex and a recently completed third ice surface, The Cube.
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