Blast Management Moves Franchise To Baltimore County

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PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The Baltimore Blast are just two games away from winning another championship. But behind the scenes, the team makes an unexpected change.

Adam May talks to owner Ed Hale.

This weekend’s victory over Chicago sent the Baltimore Blast to the indoor soccer finals again.

“We’re confident we’re gonna win. We’ve gotta do some things right,” said Pat Healey.

The team has an amazing track record: five championships in the last 10 years.

“We’re counting on fans and the city to support us. We’re excited about it,” said Adauto Neto.

“There’s no question the Baltimore fans are more knowledgeable and enthusiastic than any of the other teams,” Hale said.

Despite the success, Hale recently moved the team from its long-time training facility in Baltimore City to the Northwest Regional Rec Center in Parkville. Hale blames an unfriendly business climate in the city.

“I have not had a good experience over the last year or so. It was with a lot of consternation and a heavy heart that I left Baltimore City–where I’ve been for 43 years–but I was left with no choice,” Hale said.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the move has many benefits.

“We think we can expand our youth programs by partnering with the Blast and serving all of the kids in Baltimore County,” Kamenetz said.

And the Blast can recruit new fans on the verge of another trophy.

The championship game is Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena.

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