'Wichita River Riders' finalist for name of city's new baseball team

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The City of Wichita has rolled out one of the possible names for the city's new triple-A baseball team. 

The triple-A affiliate changed the name on social media to Wichita River Riders. Longwell tweeted Thursday morning that the "@WichitaBaseball twitter page looks a little different today."

The name and logo change with no explanation left Wichita residents and the media confused. 

Miss Kansas 2019 Annika Wooton said in a video that a different name and logo mock-up will be released every two weeks. The video was released three hours after Mayor Longwell's tweet. 

The team will get its official logo, designed by Todd Radom, in mid-November. 

The team won't start playing until 2020. 

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A symbolic ceremony at the construction of Wichita’s baseball stadium gave us new details about the plans for the field and beyond.

The project, thus far has come in under the $75 million projected budget. With that final beam lifted, the team’s owner tells KAKE News that the construction is about 2 – 3 weeks ahead of schedule.

“The framework and the skeleton are done,” Lou Schwecheimer said. “We’re now closing the walls and in four months we built the lion’s share of the structure of the ballpark.”

He credits the construction crews who have worked nearly ten hours a day for at least five days a week to keep the project going.

“This is personal,” he said. “You can see it in the level of pride.”

From above, the site looks the closest it has to a baseball stadium in months. With a 360-degree pavilion outlined and the space for the field dug up.

But Schwecheimer also talked about plans beyond the park. Under the agreement, he’s working to bring major music acts to the site for concerts, along with festivals, and outdoor skating rink to the area. He also hopes to host hockey in the winter.

“As you look at the development at the Riverfront around this – it’s transformational,” he said. “It give families a reason to come in.”

The highest price for a ticket will cost $15, he said. Plans call for seating of up to 10,000 people with 14 private luxury suites included.