Wichita moves forward with baseball plans

September 11, 2018 - 12:04 pm

The Wichita City Council is moving ahead with their AAA baseball plans.

This morning, the council approved a memorandum of understanding with the New Orleans franchise for relocation and for the new multi-sport stadium, whose cost is not to exceed 75 million dollars.  The price tag on the NBC Hall of Fame museum will be nearly 3 million dollars. 

We also learned that Lawrence Dumont Stadium will be torn down by the end of this year.  Construction on the new stadium should start in April 2019 and be done in a year.

The city also worked out a $2.2 million dollar termination agreement with the Wichita Wingnuts franchise, to be paid out through 2026.  Mayor Longwell explained that "this is just part of what we knew what we would have to do to be able to terminate this agreement and the nice thing is we're going to be able to use the revenue stream from baseball to help us as we settle this."

Finally, the city approved a $100,000 contract with Beacon Sports Capital Consulting, whose research and guidance helped the city secure the New Orleans franchise.

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