Wichita baseball stadium progressing with new partnership

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Wind Surge announced their partnership with Emprise Bank Friday morning at the stadium marking their first legacy partnership.

The partnership will put the name of the bank on the pavilion that is being built in the right field bleachers. Making the name, the "Emprise Bank Pavilion".

"We believe that's a vital piece of the stadium and it has both views into the stadium," Matt Michaelis said, the CEO of Emprise Bank. "Great spot to watch a ball game."

Lou Schwechheimer, the general partner of the Wind Surge said the pavilion is all about fan experience, while connecting the ballpark to the city at the same time.

"You come out, you have a hot dog, you're looking into the ballpark, you turn around you're looking into the river," he said.

According to Schwechheimer, the partnership is also allowing them to keep their highest ticket prices for general admission at $15. Before they get to selling tickets, a lot more inside the park has to be done. The suites and the press boxes overlooking the field are coming together, the turf has been laid down and holes for the seats are being drilled in. The seats are set at 22 inches apart, 3 inches over the league standard.

"This is amazing to me," Michaelis said. "Having the sod down and the green field and it's just impressive to see what the entire team has been able to accomplish in a very short period of time."

"Not only are we on budget, we're ahead of schedule, we're going to open on time," Schwechheimer said.

According to Schwechheimer, the field will host other events as well. High school and junior college football games, concerts and even a skating rink are on the docket to be in the park.

"I don't think people yet, grasp, the gravity of what's about to happen and how big it is and how exciting it is," Schwechheimer said.

With the other events set to be inside the stadium, this moves their goal well beyond just baseball.

"Five years from now, three years from now, this will be the epicenter of the river," Schwechheimer said.

The teams next announcement will deal with public tours of the park. The announcement is expected to happen in the coming weeks, according to officials.

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