Milwaukee Wave opens 2013-14 looking to expand its dynasty

Doug Russell

Milwaukee Wave opens 2013-14 looking to expand its dynasty

CREATED Dec. 6, 2013

It started with some hope and faith 30 years ago, and now, it stands as a model franchise in its sport.
 
The Milwaukee Wave open the home portion of their 30th season tomorrow night at the US Cellular Arena looking for another championship.
 
“We have six of them,” Coach Keith Tozer says. “Each one of them is like a different child. They all mean something different.”
 
So the bar, which Tozer first raised when he arrived in 1992, is high. Pushing it even further up is new owner Sue Black, the former Milwaukee County Parks Director whose aggressive style sometimes rubbed the folks she used to work with in government the wrong way. Of course, that might just make her perfectly suited for professional sports.
 
But did she think that she would make that jump from running the parks system to owning the Wave?
 
“No, of course not,” Black says. “But that’s what makes life exciting.”
 
Last April, Black took over a franchise that has been wildly successful on the field of play, yet has still struggled at the gate. 
 
For Saturday night's 6:00 opener, the Wave welcomes the band Daughtry, who will play a postgame concert at the arena, where tickets remain...for a team that has six championships since 1998.

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