New Wichita ballpark

New Wichita ballpark is a baseball park under construction in downtown Wichita, Kansas, United States. It will serve as the home ballpark of the Wichita Wind Surge of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL), who relocated from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana after the 2019 season.[3]

New Wichita ballpark
New Wichita ballpark is located in Kansas
New Wichita ballpark
New Wichita ballpark
Location within Kansas
LocationWichita, Kansas
United States
Coordinates37°40′53″N 97°20′45″W / 37.68139°N 97.34583°W / 37.68139; -97.34583Coordinates: 37°40′53″N 97°20′45″W / 37.68139°N 97.34583°W / 37.68139; -97.34583
OwnerThe City of Wichita
OperatorWichita Wind Surge
Capacity10,000[1]
Construction
Broke groundFebruary 13, 2019[2]
OpenedApril 2020 (planned)[2]
Construction cost$75 million[1]
ArchitectDLR Group[1]
Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture
Structural engineerProfessional Engineering Consultants[1]
Services engineerProfessional Engineering Consultants[1]
General contractorJE Dunn/EBY[1]
Tenants
Wichita Wind Surge (PCL) from 2020

The park is being built on the site of the former Lawrence–Dumont Stadium, a minor league ballpark in use from 1934 to 2018.[3] It will have a total seating capacity of 10,000 people with 6,000 in fixed seating in addition to luxury suites and a grass berm in right field.[1][3] When not used for baseball, the city plans to use the facility for sports festivals, high school football, concerts, and an ice rink in winter.[3] The new ballpark will share hosting of the National Baseball Congress World Series with Eck Stadium at Wichita State. The NBC World Series was previously played entirely at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.[4]

Ground was broken for the ballpark in February, 2019. A topping out ceremony, marking the placement of the last steel beam, was held on August 7, 2019.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lefler, Dion (December 11, 2018). "City Hall Picks Team to Design, Build Wichita's New Minor League Baseball Park". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Spedden, Zach (February 13, 2019). "New Wichita Ballpark Breaks Ground". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Lefler, Dion (January 23, 2019). "First Look: What Wichita's New Ball Park Will Look like and What Will Be in It". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Spedden, Zach (July 29, 2019). "Future NBC World Series to be Split Between Ballparks". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Spedden, Zach (August 8, 2019). "Topping Out Ceremony Held for Wichita Ballpark". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved September 3, 2019.

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