Professional Baseball Coming to Topeka (KS)

PRESS RELEASE – Ventura Sports Group is proud to announce, in partnership with Wallace Bajjali and the City of Topeka that a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) has been signed between the parties to explore the opportunities for professional minor league baseball and the construction of a multi use stadium in the community.

The location of the ballpark has yet to be determined and will be the result of the process that will take place over the next 90 days. In addition to professional minor league baseball, it is envisioned that the multi use facility would host numerous other entertainment, philanthropic and cultural events for the community of Topeka. Roger W. Christoph, Managing Partner of Ventura Sports Group stated, “It’s been 49 years since the people of Topeka had a professional baseball team, we look forward to working with the community to explore restoring that tradition and at the same time deliver affordable family entertainment that touches the entire community.” Former major leaguer and Topeka resident Ken Berry declared, “Professional minor league baseball is long overdue for the City of Topeka and I look forward to working with Ventura Sports Group in making it happen.”

Over the past 2 years, the City of Topeka has expressed significant interest in bringing minor league baseball to its city. “We look forward to this public private partnership to develop our entertainment district”, acknowledged Deputy City Manager, Randy Speaker.

“Communities all over the country have identified the benefits of pursuing the development of entertainment districts to promote economic development and quality of life. We are excited at the opportunity to work with the City of Topeka to assist them in accomplishing their vision” stated David Wallace, CEO of Wallace Bajjali.

Topeka, KS is the capital city of Kansas and the county seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in northwest Kansas. The population is approximately 122,500 with the Topeka Metropolitan Statistical area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage and Wabaunsee counties being an estimated population of 230,000.

Wallace Bajjali Development Partners is a successful private, real estate development, firm specializing in public-private-partnership developments, Wallace Bajjali Development Partners projects include the development of commercial land into retail, office, mixed-use and town centers, and residential land into single family communities, student housing, independent living, and assisted living.

Ventura Sports Group: Ventura Sports Group is a privately-owned, full-service sports & entertainment company that owns, operates and develops minor league baseball stadiums and teams. Currently, Ventura owns and operates two independent league teams, the Grand Prairie AirHogs at QuikTrip Park and the El Paso Diablos at Cohen Stadium. Other developments in progress are located in Laredo, TX and Montgomery County, TX.

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