The owners of the Wichita Wingnuts (independent; American Association) say this will be the last season for the team at historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
“Lawrence-Dumont Stadium has been such an integral part of not only the history of Wichita baseball, but the entire fabric of this community,” Wingnuts Owner and President Nate Robertson said in a press release. “The Wingnuts organization feels incredibly fortunate to have called Lawrence-Dumont home for the past decade, and for having the chance to continue adding to the rich history and tradition of baseball here in the Air Capital.”
Lawrence-Dumont Stadium formerly hosted Minor League Baseball in the form of a Class AA Texas League team. After the Wichita Wranglers moves to Springfield, the Wingnuts set up shop beginning in the 2008 season. Lawrence-Dumont Stadium has hosted the National Baseball Congress World Series since its construction in 1934, and in 1949 served as the last host for the College World Series before its move to Omaha.
“The history of Lawrence-Dumont ties together so many different eras of Wichita baseball, and we’re incredibly excited to celebrate several of the great teams and players to have suited up in this stadium,” Wingnuts General Manager Brian Turner said. “Fans will really appreciate our promotions honoring Lawrence-Dumont throughout the season, along with the chance to watch a game at this historic venue for the final time.”
During the 2018 season the Wingnuts plan to honor Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with a series of giveaways and events recognizing the stadium’s place in Wichita history. Four Saturday home games during the upcoming season will be Wichita Heritage Nights, including specialty jerseys from the professional teams of the city’s past. Uniforms from the Wranglers, Aeros, Pilots, and Jobbers are scheduled to be worn and then auctioned off after the game.
City officials have been working on a replacement for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to house a Class AAA Pacific Coast League team and perhaps professional soccer, but a promised December 2017 announcement did not come to be, and things have been quiet on the relocation front since.
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