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.
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Before Demolition, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Seats Will be Sold Individually
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
Wingnuts Announce New Broadcaster
PRESS RELEASE – The Wichita Wingnuts will have a new voice on the airwaves in 2018. Wichita native Denning Gerig has been named Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager for the upcoming campaign, the team announced Thursday. Continue reading
Filed under Media, Personnel & Operations
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.
Wingnuts Make Strategic Move to Support Construction of New Ballpark
The Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) support the planned construction of a new baseball stadium in downtown Wichita (KS), even if it lures affiliated ball to town. That said, the Wingnuts believe fans would support the team in a new ballpark. According to Wingnuts co-owner Gary Austerman:
“The quality of [Double-A ball] is no better, that’s one thing. I do think that the Wichita Wingnuts have tried to put the best level of baseball out there, and I think that’s been a little underappreciated.”
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.
Filed under League & Franchise, Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Pete Rose, Replica Championship Rings Highlight Wingnuts 2015 Promo Schedule
PRESS RELEASE – Fans who make their way to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium during the summer of 2015 should be able to notice a celebratory theme in the promotions and events the Wichita Wingnuts have scheduled. Whether the organization is recognizing the 2014 championship team, welcoming one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history, paying homage to a Hall of Famer, Continue reading
Filed under Fun & Atmosphere, Promotions & Entertainment
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
T-Bones and Wingnuts Will Play Exhibition in Joplin, Expansion Talks Continue
The indy pro American Association’s Kansas City T-Bones and Wichita Wingnuts will play an exhibition game in Joplin (MO) on May 12 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Joe Becker Stadium. The game also could help determine interest for bringing a team to the market. The league’s director of expansion visited Joplin back in January, but from our 10,000 foot view, the market is a tough sell. Joe Becker Continue reading
Filed under Market & Location
Walkup Resigns as NBC World Series Tournament Director
PRESS RELEASE – The National Baseball Congress World Series announced Friday that Tournament Director Casey Walkup has stepped down from his current position to pursue other opportunities. Continue reading
Filed under Conference & Events, Personnel & Operations
Couple Takes Swing at Marriage at the Ballpark
It’s not overly unique any longer to tie the knot at the ballpark, but we figured we would share with you the first couple to step up to the plate in 2012. Kevin McCulloch and Tonya Godinez tied the knot on Monday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, home of the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association). While there was no snow, we wonder if you get an off-season discount for taking another version of the polar 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
Wingnuts Announce 2010 Promotions
PRESS RELEASE – The Wichita Wingnuts introduced their 2010 promotional schedule on Monday. A link to the Wingnuts’ complete promotional schedule can be found here. Continue reading
Wingnuts Formally Announce Separation
PRESS RELEASE – The Wichita Wingnuts and National Baseball Congress World Series officially announced their separation from the Wichita Thunder and Wichita Pro Sports on Tuesday. Continue reading
Filed under Conference & Events, Personnel & Operations
NBC World Series: Champs Want to be Paid
The El Dorado Broncos won the National Baseball Congress’ annual baseball tournament this year, and they are still waiting for an $18,000 payout. Continue reading
Filed under Money & Financials
Wingnuts Now 100 Percent Locally Owned
Two years ago, Steve Ruud joined with six other local investors and Horn Chen to bring an independent professional American Assocation franchise to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. When the opportunity arose, Ruud purchased 55 percent of the Wingnut from Chen, giving him 82 percent of the franchise and 100 percent local ownership. Read more here.
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