Professional soccer is returning to Tulsa! The Tulsa Drillers have announced that they have purchased majority interest in an expansion franchise in the USL PRO League. The Tulsa team will begin play in the spring of 2015 with home games slated to be played at ONEOK Field.
The Drillers will be majority owners of the new team with Prodigal LLC holding a minority interest in the squad. The USL PRO team will mark the highest level of professional soccer in the city since the Tulsa Roughnecks played their final season in the old North American Soccer League in 1984.
"We are very excited to be involved in bringing a high level of professional, outdoor soccer back to the city of Tulsa," said Mike Melega. "We feel that Tulsa is a great soccer market, and this return is long overdue."
The new team will share ONEOK Field with the Drillers. The USL PRO regular season runs from late March through mid August. Playoff games are held during the month of September. In 2014, the USL Pro regular season will consist of 28 matches with each team playing 14 home matches.
"We support the Tulsa Revolution and the Athletics and now have a new franchise playing in the USL PRO outdoor league. TSC Hurricane looks forward to supporting Tulsa's newest franchise as we all want soccer to keep growing and thriving in our hometown. With the recent announcement of OKC Energy FC, the Tulsa franchise will have a natural rivalry that all of us in Tulsa will have fun with," said Jim Tindell, TSC Hurricane Executive Director.