Wind Surge sold in hopes of fulfilling promises
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita Wind Surge CEO Jordan Korbitz saw firsthand the challenges of operating the franchise.
"This is a good move for the city and it's a good move for the community and it's a good move for the fans," Korbitz said. "Bringing extra events here, trying to get naming rights on our own, it became obvious that we needed some help."
Diamond Baseball Holdings is now taking over as the Surge's new owner. Korbitz said the move will help make things happen. It operates 10 other minor-league clubs nationally, meaning DBH can knock on doors that previously haven't been able to open.
The Savannah Bananas, a popular exhibition team based in Georgia, as well as famous artists, can now make appearances at Riverfront Stadium.
"Diamond Baseball has six dates with the Savannah Bananas this year," Korbitz said. "They're already talking about a tour in (2024). I won't mention the name, but it's a name that fans in Wichita are going to recognize that they're going to bring to Wichita that we could not."
The late Lou Schwechheimer, who was behind the club's move to Wichita in 2020, made promises to the community on a grand scale.
Korbitz expressed the Surge's new ownership will not only fulfill those promises but is in it for the long haul.
"We felt like this was the best option to fulfill Lou's legacy, which at the end of the day, was to make sure this team stayed in Wichita, for generations of Wichitans to enjoy and we feel this is the group that can do that," Korbitz said.
The transaction will close this month and will be effective after the holidays on January 3.