WICHITA, Kans. — After a 12-season drought, Triple-A baseball is returning to Witchita.
The Wichita Wind Surge, Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, will play their home games in a new $75-million venue under construction on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita.
The home opener for the Wind Surge is April 14, 2020, when the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of 11-time world champions St. Louis Cardinals, hit town. The Wichita Wind Surge relocated from New Orleans, where they were known as the Baby Cakes.
The new ballpark will seat more than 6,500, with another 3,500 spots on berms and picnic areas. It is being built on the site where the historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium stood from 1934 to 2018.
Visit Witchita says fans can expect more than baseball at the new stadium. Wichita Baseball 2020 will have weekly promotions including Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks and a series of bands on Saturday nights. There will be a play area for kids, a splash pad, creative food and drink concessions with a local flare, as well as suites, club level, group seating and party areas. Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination.