Lawrence-Dumont

City of Wichita

The city of Wichita is aiming for a March 2020 completion date on its new multi-use baseball stadium in Delano.

City Council members Tuesday morning approved a memorandum of understanding with its new Triple-A team, the New Orleans Baby Cakes, an affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

The city will build a $75 million stadium to replace historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and will spend another $6 million on riverfront renovations, including a new pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River.

City of Wichita

Top-level minor league baseball likely will return to Wichita in 2020.

Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that the New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Pacific Coast League have filed an application to relocate to Wichita. The application must be approved by Minor League Baseball and the Pacific Coast League. It also must be reviewed by Major League Baseball.

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Over the next two weeks, 30 teams from across the country will play 57 games as part of the National Baseball Congress World Series now underway at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

But this year's tournament could be the last one played at the historic site.

The World Series has been played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium every summer since it was founded by Hap Dumont in 1935.

Hear an Audio Postcard from last year's NBC World Series

“There’s not many organizations that say they have played at the same location for 84 years," says tournament director Kevin Jenks.

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Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that Wichita is in the final stages of talks to bring an affiliated baseball team back to the city.

After weeks of touting a major “baseball announcement,” Longwell said he can’t make the announcement everyone’s been waiting for—yet.

“If we were to name them today, we would jeopardize the process," he said during his address at the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Issue Forum.

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The city of Wichita hired a consulting group Tuesday to help attract a Major League-affiliated baseball team to the area for the first time in a decade.

Each summer since 1935, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium hosts the National Baseball Congress World Series. The Wichita crowd is multi-generational. Children attend with their grandparents, who saw previous tournaments with their parents and grandparents. Most teams are amateur or semi-pro. Recently, as we hear in this Audio Postcard from KMUW's Jonathan Huber, one of the teams is comprised of retired Major Leaguers. 

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with a nearly $30 million project to renovate Lawrence Dumont Stadium and make improvements to the area around it.

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Wichita is starting the design process for a new baseball stadium that will replace Lawrence-Dumont in Delano.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of establishing a Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, district in the neighborhood surrounding Wichita's Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

After a lengthy discussion, commissioners voted 4-1 to give their support to the City of Wichita’s West Bank Redevelopment District. The TIF district is expected to generate about $20 million in additional property taxes to fund improvements to public spaces in the area, as well as the renovation of the city’s baseball stadium.

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It may be the end of Lawrence-Dumont ballpark, and it may be the beginning of a shiny new sports facility in Wichita.

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium opened in 1934 and was named after Charles Lawrence, a former Wichita mayor, and Hap Dumont, the man who brought the National Baseball Congress to Wichita.

The ballpark has its roots on Ackerman Island, which allowed the venue to escape the Sunday "blue laws" about prohibited activities, such as baseball.

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