The National Baseball Congress is unsure of its future in a new ballpark after the city tore down Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the ballpark it played in for eight decades. Read more here.
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No Office Space at New Wichita Ballpark Raises Concerns About Future of NBC World Series
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Wichita Selects Ballpark Design-Build Team, Lawrence-Dumont Demo Complete
After a week’s delay, the City Council is ready to play ball with a group to develop Wichita’s new $75 million baseball stadium. On Tuesday, the council picked its team: JE Dunn Construction, EBY Construction, Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, DLR Group, and Professional Engineering Consultants. Read more here. View completed demolition here.
Wichita’s New Ballpark Will Seat 10,000
Wichita’s (KS) yet-to-be named, $75-million stadium that will be built for the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) will have seating for 10,000 fans, the agreement says. That’s 3,600 more than 84-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium that is slated for demolition. Read more here.
Before Demolition, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Seats Will be Sold Individually
This Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita (KS), there will be an on-site cash-only sale for stadium seats, which purchasers must bring their own wrenches and screwdrivers to remove. The seats must be removed by noon. Chairs will be limited to one per person. Blue seats are $35, Tan/blue seats are $20 and red seats are $5. Read more here.
American Association Realigns, Announces Wingnuts Will Not Play in 2019
The American Association (Independent Professional) has announced its divisional alignment for the 2019 season. It also announced that the Wichita Wingnuts will not play in 2019 because Lawrence-Dumont Stadium is being demolished to make room for a new ballpark and the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League). Read more here.
2019 divisional alignments:
North: @TheChicagoDogs, @FMRedHawks @railcats, @MKEMilkmen, @StPaulSaints, @Wpg_Goldeyes
South: @CRRBaseball, @tbonesbaseball, @saltdogsball, @SiouxCityXs, @canaries, @TXAirHogs
The @Wingnuts_ICT will not operate in 2019. pic.twitter.com/9xTI56Rz7e
— American Association (@AA_Baseball) October 6, 2018
Filed under League & Franchise
Goodbye Celebration Planned for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
Wichita (KS) will bid farewell to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with one final baseball game on Saturday, October 13. The last game in the 84-year-old stadium will feature former area baseball players, along with local celebrities and athletes. It will be followed by a screening of The Sandlot movie, food trucks and music. The night will wrap up with a fireworks show. Read more here and here.
Filed under Conference & Events, Stadium Issues
Moving Forward with Baby Cakes, Settlement with Wingnuts
The Wichita (KS) City Council plans will vote whether or not to approve an agreement with the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) for the relocation to Wichita and the construction of a new stadium. The Council will also vote this morning on whether to enter a settlement agreement with the Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) to terminate their 10-year lease of Lawrence-Dumont. Staff reports show the settlement is around $2 million, paid over time from now until 2026. Read more and watch news report here. UPDATE: Ballpark project and settlement approved.
Filed under Design & Construction, Lease & Contracts, Stadium Issues
Replica Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Giveaway Tonight
It’s reportedly the final year of baseball at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, as officials have said it may be demolished to make way for a new, modern ballpark. Details about the future of the Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) are unclear, but the team is honoring the ballpark with a replica stadium giveaway on Aug. 28. Read more here.
NBC World Series Prepares to Play Last Tournament at Lawrence-Dumont
The National Baseball Congress World Series has been a source for summer baseball at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita (KS) for decades, but the tournament will have a new home after this year. Starting in 2019, the tournament will be played at Wichita State University’s Eck Stadium. Read more here.
Filed under Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Wingnuts Announce Final Season at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
PRESS RELEASE – After 84 years, thousands of games, millions of fans and countless memories, the Wichita Wingnuts announced today that the 2018 season will be the last for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Filed under League & Franchise, Lease & Contracts, Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Wichita Will Move Forward with Ballpark Plans
Despite the news yesterday that the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) will be relocating to Amarillo (TX), Wichita (KS) will move ahead with the design process for a new baseball stadium that will replace Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Another step will be to attract a baseball team with a major league affiliation, a requirement of the STAR bond district. Read more here.
Wichita Getting New Ballpark
Sedgwick County (KS) commissioners approved a special Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to pay for improvements on downtown Wichita’s riverfront, including replacing Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Read more here. This move reportedly removes the final obstacle to building a new baseball stadium.
Wichita Takes Next Ballpark Steps, Approves Bonding
A sales tax bond district to fund about half the projected cost of replacing 82-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the current home of the Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) with a new and more modern ballpark has been unanimously approved by the Wichita (KS) City Council. Read more here. Watch news report here.
Contemplating Wichita’s Baseball Future
The Wichita Eagle’s Bob Lutz takes a look at the future of baseball in Wichita (KS), as discussions in several markets remain heated over the possibility of that the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) will need a new home if San Antonio steps up to the plate to lure the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League). Read more here.
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Former MLB Greats to Compete in National Baseball Congress World Series
A team of 24 former MLB players, including Roger Clemens and Chipper Jones, will compete against mostly summer collegiate teams in the National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita (KS) starting July 29. Read more here. Read press release here.
Filed under Conference & Events, Human Interest
Study Includes Renovations for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
A $3 billion wish list of projects to grow the quality of life in Wichita (KS) includes $49 million for major improvements to 79-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, home of the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association) and the NBC World Series. Read more here. Meanwhile, the City Council will vote next Tuesday to Continue reading
Financial Problems Threaten Future of 78-year-Old Tournament
An internal audit of the city-owned National Baseball Congress’ books shows its operators, the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association), are more than a quarter-million dollars in debt and two years in arrears to the city on lease payments for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Read more here.
Filed under Conference & Events, Money & Financials
Wingnuts Ditch Long-Time Cashless Payment System at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
PRESS RELEASE – The Wichita Wingnuts announced Wednesday that Lawrence-Dumont Stadium will be accepting cash at all events for the 2013 season. Continue reading
Filed under Amenities & Features, Money & Financials
NBC World Series’ Finances Under Review
The city of Wichita (KS) is auditing the books of the struggling National Baseball Congress, amid concerns that the decades-old NBC World Series baseball tournament held every August at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, home of the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association), has been habitually delinquent paying its participant teams and vendors. The city hopes to find a way to Continue reading
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Fans Experience Witchita Ballpark Improvements
During Friday’s opening night for the indy pro American Association’s Wichita (KS) Wingnuts, fans got their first look at the nearly $2.2 million improvements to Lawrence Dumont Stadium, including the new artificial turf, video board, and lighted signage on the stadium’s facade. Read more and view video here.
Lawrence-Dumont Going Totally Artificial
Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, home of the American Association’s Wichita Wingnuts, is getting new artificial turf that will cover the entire field. The turf is part of $2 million in repairs that will be completed at the park before the start of the 2011 season. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Field & Turf, Stadium Issues