Families looking for a fun, affordable event and baseball fans hoping to see future major leaguers are looking forward to the 90th annual NBC World Series, powered by Evergy, July 25-Aug. 3. All games are scheduled to be played at Wichita State University’s Eck Stadium.

Locals refer to this as “the NBC,” and since 1935 summer teams have come to Wichita to compete for a national championship. The event showcases the best of the best: close to 900 NBC World Series players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, from Satchel Paige playing in the event’s infancy to current All-Stars like Ryan Helsley.

"The NBC World Series has been a summertime tradition for Wichita for 90 years now," said NBC Tournament Director Katie Woods. "With fireworks, giveaways, dedications to past tournament greats such as Satchel Paige, exclusive 90th tournament merchandise and more, this year is going to be an incredible celebration for the community to enjoy."

Here’s what you’ll find at this beloved Wichita baseball tournament:

NBC World Series Team

A storied Wichita baseball tradition

In 1934, sporting goods salesman Raymond “Hap” Dumont convinced the city of Wichita to build a new stadium in order to host a national baseball tournament. The first NBC tournament was a huge risk on his part, as similar tournaments had failed miserably on both coasts.

In 1935, baseball legend Satchel Paige played in Wichita during the first NBC tournament, marking the only integrated team at that time – and they won the game! Securing Paige – considered the greatest pitcher of the day – that first year helped make the tournament an instant success. He struck out 60 batters and won four games, garnering national media coverage for the tournament. His daughter, now in her 70s, along with Paige’s grandson, will be in attendance on opening day, July 25, in a game that will be dedicated to Paige.

While Dumont was ahead of his time in many ways, perhaps one of his most impactful promotions involved hiring women as umpires for the National Baseball Congress National Tournament. In 1943, Dumont hired the first female umpire, Lorraine Heinisch, to umpire one game. This year’s tournament plans to pay homage to Heinisch and others like her who helped the NBC succeed on July 30 for Celebrate Women in Baseball Night. The 6 p.m. game will feature a reunion of the 1994 Silver Bullets all-female professional baseball team, along with other special celebrations.

Top collegiate and amateur baseball in Wichita

This historic baseball tournament has brought elite amateur, collegiate and semi-pro baseball teams to Wichita to compete for a national championship every summer for nine decades.

There is a field of 16 teams, including league champions and independent at-large teams invited from across the country. Four pools of four teams each will compete over the 10-day period, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to a single elimination bracket to determine a national champion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Take a look at the full schedule.

Fireworks explode near Eck Stadium during a gam at the NBC World Series

Baseball ‘Round the Clock set to return

A fan favorite – Baseball ‘Round the Clock – will return this year. Fans will have the opportunity to watch 11 games over the course of 33 hours, starting at noon on Saturday, July 27 and running through a 6 p.m. game on Sunday, July 28.

“Baseball ‘Round the Clock has historically been one of the most exciting and unique events in the NBC World Series,” said Woods. “For the 90th tournament, it was time to bring it back. We’re ready to introduce a new generation of competitors to some of the same elements – Midnight Madness, the cuckoo clock check-ins and ‘I survived’ shirts – that diehard NBC fans remember.”

Affordable ticket options

Individual tickets range from $12 to $15 general admission and are good for all of that day’s games. Seniors, students and members of the military can get $6 general admission tickets for weekday games and $9 general admission tickets for weekend games. Kids 2 and younger are free if they are lap sitting. Kids 3 and older need a ticket. If you plan to attend the entire tournament, buy a discounted tournament pass for as low as $75 general admission and $150 reserved seating. Visit nbcbaseball.com for tickets.

Fans cheer in the stands during a game at Eck Stadium during the NBC World Series

Fan-friendly atmosphere

The fan-friendly atmosphere at Eck Stadium includes plenty of free parking around the stadium, multiple entrances and tall grandstands providing shaded seating options. Families love the outfield seating on Coleman Hill, where you can bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Plus, the tournament features nightly promotions such as:

  • July 25 – Opening & Satchel Paige Night: Satchel Paige Bobblehead Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans and festivities to honor his legacy
  • July 26 – NBC in the ICT: Special guests, vendors, prizes from local attractions and more
  • July 27-28 – Baseball ‘Round the Clock: 11 games in 33 hours
  • July 28 – Military Appreciation Day: Current and former members of all branches receive free admission with Military ID or DD-214
  • July 29 – First Responders Night: All first responders get in free with ID
  • July 30 – Celebrate Women in Baseball Night: Reunion of the 1994 Silver Bullets, who will be signing autographs and meeting fans before the game
  • July 31 – Educator Appreciation: With ID, educators get free admission for the day
  • Aug. 1 – Little League Night: Kid-focused activities, NBC team autograph sessions and more
  • Aug. 2 – Aviation Night: Stearman flyover, STEM activities, a plane on display and other celebrations
  • Aug. 3 – Championship Night: A new champion crowned; post-game fireworks

Make plans to enjoy the nation’s premier amateur baseball event in Wichita this summer and find a full list of events happening during your stay in Wichita on our calendar of events page. For even more inspiration, check out our Official Visit Wichita Visitor’s Guide.