by Pat Clifton

KANSAS CITY (Oct. 15, 2019) – Kansas City’s Major Arena Soccer League franchise has secured its immediate future with a trio of lease agreements. The Comets have reached three-year agreements to continue playing home games at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and to train at the KC Soccer Dome, as well as a one-year lease to office out of Hy-Vee Arena.

The 2019/2020 season marks the Comets’ 10th in Independence, Mo., their home since rebirthing one of Kansas City’s most iconic professional sports brands.

“We are thrilled to announce Silverstein Eye Centers Arena through 2022. We couldn’t be more excited for our fans to see all the upgrades,” Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski said.

Budzinski helped bring the Comets back to life in 2010 before exiting prior to the 2018/2019 season. He re-joined the ownership group this offseason.

“It is great to know we have a three-year contract with the Comets organization and to know Brian Budzinski is back in the driver's seat,” said Larry Hovick, general manager of Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. “Brian is known in the soccer community and led the team successfully in the venue for many years. I am looking forward to the Comets bringing the blue-field action to their fans starting this November.”

“The City of Independence, along with Larry and his team, provide a first-class experience to everyone who comes to a Comets game,” Budzinski added.

With the team’s offices moved to Hy-Vee Arena, formerly Kemper Arena, the Comets’ future is inextricably linked to their past. For the better part of 25 years, Kansas City’s professional indoor soccer team called Kemper home, with the original Comets starting the tradition of “Hot Winter Nights” in the ‘80s with near-capacity crowds in a building that’s also played host to NCAA Final Fours and Kansas City’s former NBA and NHL franchises.

The 2019/2020 home opener welcomes long-time rival, the St. Louis Ambush, to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Sat. Nov. 30.  For tickets and information call 888-9-COMETS (266387)