WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Work officially begins on a new downtown Wichita baseball stadium that will bring a new minor-league team to the Air Capital.
The new stadium will be built on the site that, until recently, held Lawrence Dumont Stadium. It will be home to the current New Orleans AAA baseball franchise, the Babycakes, which announced last year it will re-locate to Wichita.
The City of Wichita set an aggressive timetable for the project, which is set to be completed in 2020. The city wants the stadium ready for the team to move in by March of 2020, with opening day currently slated for April 1, 2020.
The city says the stadium will feature roughly 6,000 seats, with an overall capacity for around 10,000 people. The city says around 75 games will be played annually at the stadium, but it will also be used to host around 200 other events.
The project also will include a National Baseball Congress museum, riverbank improvements and, a pedestrian bridge that will connect the stadium to the Century II area. There will also be additional retail development around the stadium.
The project is being financed through STAR bonds and a TIF district, which use tax funds generated in the district to help pay for the development.
The new name for the team coming to Wichita has yet to be announced.