Home plate placed at Wichita's new baseball stadium
City officials, the owner of the Miami Marlins and Wichita baseball fans gathered Thursday morning for the ceremonial placement of home plate at the new minor league baseball stadium.
Mayor Jeff Longwell says it represents big things.
"It's a great brand of baseball, it's going to be a great venue, a great addition to Wichita and something truly special that is going to help our city with the momentum that we've been wanting to do to help our businesses to grow, to help us recruit talent, to help quality of place happen in Wichita, Kansas," said Longwell.
The ballpark is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020 opening for the as of yet unnamed team. Longwell says the project is moving along as planned, possibly even faster.
"They're doing well. They're right on schedule. In fact, maybe even a little ahead of schedule. So, weather permitting, things are looking great," he said.
The new minor league team will be affiliated with the Miami Marlins. The team's president, Michael Hill, says it's a long way from Miami to Wichita, but they can't wait to start playing baseball in Wichita next spring.
"It's the fans who say they truly can't wait," said Hill.
Local baseball fans say they're ready.
"The community of Wichita is going to support this team here and this program and we're excited to see what comes of it," said Michael Hunter.
Workers say grass will go on the field around October.
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