2018 marks last run for NBC World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Published: Aug. 5, 2018 at 9:06 PM CDT
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The National Baseball Congress World Series has been a source for summer baseball in Wichita for decades, but the tournament will have a new home after this year.

Wichita's summer classic brings players from all over the country to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The tournament that started in 1935 has always called Lawrence-Dumont home.

Earlier this year, The Wichita Wingnuts announced that this would be their final season at the stadium, the NBC Series will follow-suit.

Next year the tournament is set to be played at Eck Stadium. The change in venue will bring more capacity as Eck holds more than 7,000 in the stadium, while Lawrence-Dumont tops out at just over 6,000.

While this is a new adjustment for teams, fans like Bob Harris who have been coming to NBC since 1997 will have to make the change as well.

"I'll go to Eck, just because I want to see the games. It will be interesting to see what it is like there and yes, it will be strange not to have this facility."

NBC officials say The World Series will not leave the city and that Eck Stadium makes for an ideal place for the tournament until a new stadium is built.

"Things evolve, things have to change, nothing can stay the same. It's going to be sad to see this place go but will depend on where they put the new stadium eventually how different it will feel."

The city is putting together plans for a new baseball stadium but very little details have been released.

As for this year, the tournament will wrap up at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium for the final time August 11.