The San Antonio Scorpions Call Press Conference for “Major Announcement”
Speculation abounds on a press conference that has been called next Tuesday, August 28th, at Morgan’s Wonderland, the theme park owned by Gordon Hartman and created for those with special needs. Hartman has promised to give all profits from his San Antonio Scorpions to Morgan’s Wonderland and recently president Michael Hitchcock has indicated that with the crowds the team has been drawing this year there is a good chance the team could pull that off in its very first season.
The press release states that it will be a “major announcement that will impact Morgan’s Wonderland, Scorpions pro soccer and the entire San Antonio Community.”
There has been speculation for some time that, after Hartman carefully observed this year’s attendance numbers (9,723 average), that he may advance his stadium plan from the 6,169 seats originally planned in the revised Phase I plan to 8,000 which was in the revision for Phase II.
There is also a belief that the team may announce stadium naming rights which head coach Tim Hankinson mentioned in a interview with IMS two weeks ago when his first place Scorpions were in Minnesota to play the Stars.
“There is going to be a major announcement soon about naming rights to the stadium,” said Hankinson. “The sponsorships have been great, companies like Nike have come to the table with endorsements. It’s positioning itself (Scorpions) to be a top franchise in this country.”
In that same interview, Hankinson talked about the future of soccer in San Antonio with the new stadium that is scheduled to be ready for the 2013 kick off of the NASL season.
“Any time you can put ten-thousand in the stands, it becomes more than a soccer game, it becomes an event. People are going to the game three hours before. And this is a high school football stadium. High school football stadiums in Texas our like college stadiums, but you’re not allowed to sell beer there and there are a lot of other things. When the new stadium opens next year it will be like a cathedral for the San Antonio soccer fan. No more football lines, no more artificial turf. It will be a real soccer stadium. They will be able to kick back in one-hundred degree weather and have a cold one and watch their team play. So there is great stuff still to come.”