Mayor Jeff Longwell announces the return of Major League-affiliated baseball to Wichita

September 06, 2018 - 11:11 am

Mayor Jeff Longwell has officially announced the return of Major League-affiliated baseball to Wichita.

Longwell says the Triple-A franchise in New Orleans ... an affiliate of the Miami Marlins ... will be moving to Wichita, with a target for the start of the 2020 season. By that time, Wichita's new stadium should be completed on the site where Lawrence-Dumont Stadium has stood since 1934.

Wichita has been the home of several big leage-affiliated teams in the past ... most recently the Wranglers, a Kansas City Royals Double-A farm club. That franchise left Wichita in 2007 for a new stadium in Springdale, Arkansas, leaving Wichita as the largest U.S. city without affiliated minor-league baseball.

Wichita last had a Triple-A team in  1984, when the Wichita Aeros moved to Buffalo, New York.

Mayor Longwell said demolition on the old stadium will commence this fall; the stadium rendering seen below represents a concept of what a new stadium might look like on the site. The new stadium and its surrounding areas will be a project costing anywhere from $60-73 million.

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