Tulsa Revolution marks return of indoor soccer to city
BY JOHN D. FERGUSON World Correspondent
Friday, January 25, 2013
1/25/13 at 5:15 AM
Indoor professional soccer is returning to Tulsa, and owner Adam Mellor promises it will be "revolutionary."
The Tulsa Revolution kicked off its 2013-14 inaugural season in the Professional Arena Soccer League on Thursday with a press conference at the team's home pitch at the Tulsa Convention Center.
Mellor, an American who played soccer as a youth in England and Wales and moved to Tulsa in 2000, and the rest of the management group unveiled how players will be selected, ticket prices and revealed jerseys for home and road games.
Tulsa's newest indoor soccer team will begin play in November. The Revolution will be part of the Central Division, which includes teams from Texas and the Midwest. The schedule will be released in August.
"I'm ecstatic and very excited (about the coming season)," said Mellor, who leads the ownership group with Broken Arrow resident Shannon Clark. "The timing is right (to have an indoor Tulsa team)."
The Revolution will have a local flavor of talent as well as national and international recruited players. Local tryouts will be held this summer as one goal is to have local players.
"We will have a grassroots effort to recruit local players," Mellor said. "A lot of those players are currently youth soccer coaches. We will also try and bring in veterans of the indoor game."
Game tickets will range from $9 to $25. Season tickets will be available at the end of February.
More team information can be found at tulsarevolution.com. Mellor added the website will go live next week.
Joining the Tulsa press conference was Dallas Sidekicks owner Ronnie Davis. The Sidekicks have the highest PASL attendance, averaging more than 5,000 fans per game.
Tulsa and Dallas will be in the same division.
Tulsa was one of two expansion teams approved by the PASL on July 10. Tucson (Ariz.) was the other new team.
Original Print Headline: Indoor soccer back in town
Tulsa Revolution owner Shannon Clark (left), business developer Dirk Johnson and owner Adam Mellor announce a new indoor soccer team is coming to Tulsa on Thursday. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World