new soccer team has drawn larger crowds than expected
The San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League has been a bigger hit than ever expected, prompting team owner to talk about skipping 'phase one' of his stadium development plan, and going right to a bigger stadium, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Scorpions have been averaging an impressive 8500 fans during their inaugural season, a far bigger crowd than Hartman expected.
"We had certain projections that we were working with, and actually we have well exceeded those expectations," Hartman told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.
The Scorpions are playing in North East Heroes Stadium, which is located across the street from Hartman's Morgan's Wonderland theme park. Unexpected traffic jams have accompanied the matches.
"This is giving us reasons to go to the second phase right now, instead of waiting until after the 2013 season," Hartman said.
He had planned to start out building a smaller stadium and then move on to a larger one, but now he says the larger stadium may be built from the ground up.
The Scorpions, which are part of a Hartman-owned group called 'Soccer for a Cause,' are believed to be the only professional sports team in the world to exist to have its revenues support a non profit organization, in this case Hartman's theme park for disabled children and adults.