Wichita will get new ballpark and minor league team

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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says Lawrence-Dumont Stadium will be torn down to make way for a new ballpark that could be home to a AAA baseball team.

Longwell says Lawrence-Dumont is slated to be torn down within a year, and a new stadium to be built on the site using STAR bonds, which capture sales tax revenue in a development area and funnel it to project costs.

The New Orleans Baby Cakes, of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, have also filed a relocation application with Minor League Baseball seeking to relocate the club to Wichita. The application must be approved by Minor League Baseball and the Pacific Coast League, and reviewed by the Baseball Office of the Commissioner, before the Club can relocate.

The Baby Cakes are currently affiliated with the Major League Miami Marlins. Wichita has not had an affiliated team since the Double-A affiliated Wichita Wranglers left the city in 2006.

“Triple-A baseball is coming to Wichita because of who we are today and because of who we aspire to be tomorrow,” Longwell said. “We’ve worked tirelessly on this deal. It’s not just about another great quality of life amenity, or baseball: this is about investing in our city and continuing to make Wichita a regional destination.”

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After a report that a Triple-A baseball team could soon call Wichita home, sources say that team might be the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

Sources told WGNO Sports that the Baby Cakes are likely moving to Wichita. Baby Cakes general manager Cookie Rojas said the team will definitely remain in the New Orleans area for 2019, but would not comment any further.

The City of Wichita is expected to announce the move Thursday. The Baby Cakes are expected to move for the 2020 season.

A report posted today indicates a Triple-A baseball team could soon call Wichita home. 

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said an announcement on the future of a Wichita baseball stadium will be made Thursday. 

A report in ballparkdigest.com said, "word is that the city (Wichita) has reached an agreement with a Class AAA Pacific Coast League team to move there." The report did not mention a specific team.

Sixteen teams played in the PCL last season, including teams in Oklahoma City, Omaha and Colorado Springs. The New Orleans team had the lowest attendance in 2018, averaging 3,827 fans per game. 

Wichita has been seeking an affiliated baseball team. The independent Wichita Wingnuts wrapped up their season Monday.  


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