Wizards sold to investment group

August 31, 2006

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer were sold to a six-person investment group led by Cerner Corp. executives Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig.

The deal was announced Thursday, three days after the Overland Park City Council voted to put a $75 million soccer complex on the November ballot.

The new owners, who will assume operations Friday, hope to have the Wizards' stadium built in that suburban Kansas City complex.

The Wizards now play in Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs. But extensive renovations planned for the stadium would have forced the Wizards to look for a new home anyway. MLS is urging that its teams play in stadiums built specifically for soccer.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press