After 37 years of professional indoor soccer at Royal Farms Arena, the Blast have a new home for the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season: Towson University’s SECU Arena.
Sources close to the Blast and SECU Arena confirmed the move, and the team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon to announce the details. Blast officials would not comment before the news conference, and the Towson University athletic department did not return phone calls this week.
The Blast came to then-Civic Center in 1980 as a member of the original Major Indoor Soccer League. The downtown arena has been home to nine championship teams in five leagues, the first coming when the Blast won the MISL championship in the 1983-84 season. They are currently two-time-defending MASL champions.
SECU Arena, which opened in 2013, is a 5,200-seat multipurpose arena. It’s significantly smaller than Royal Farms, which has a capacity of 11,200 seats for indoor soccer. The playing field at SECU also will be smaller than the one at Royal Farms Arena.