There’s a long history of minor league baseball in Wichita, though it’s been more than a decade since affiliated baseball has been played in the city. The highly anticipated home opener for the new team – the Wichita Wind Surge – is Tuesday, April 14, 2020, when the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the 11-time world champion St. Louis Cardinals, visit Wichita. Wichita’s team is affiliated with the Miami Marlins.
The team is in the Pacific Coast League, which has 16 teams competing from midwestern, western and southeastern states. You’ll see top prospects as well as players who have already played in the majors competing at this level, the highest level of Minor League Baseball and one step below Major League Baseball.
The inaugural season will include 70 home games. Notable league opponents include: the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals), the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers), Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs), Nashville Sounds (Texas Rangers) and Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants).
The team’s home field will be a new state-of-the-art venue along the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita. The $75 million stadium will seat 6,500 plus 3,500 more on berms and picnic areas and is being built on the site where Lawrence-Dumont Stadium stood from 1934 to 2018.
Fan comfort is being built into the stadium, from drink rails and wide rows in the seating bowl, which won’t require you to get up each time someone walks out of the row, to uninterrupted views of the field from the concourse.
Plus, the stadium is located adjacent to Wichita’s Historic Delano District, an area just west of downtown full of thriving shops, eateries, businesses, bakeries and more. It’s clear the area has evolved since its roots in the old days, when saddle-worn cowboys and tired horses and cows made their way to the very same streets.
In addition, Delano is perfectly located within a mile of the Keeper of the Plains and the Museums on the River. Just head north along the Arkansas River and you’ll encounter these five museums and Wichita’s most iconic landmark: Exploration Place, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita Art Museum and Botanica. Near the Mid-America All-Indian Center, is the Keeper of the Plains plaza.
More Than a Baseball Game
Expect more than baseball when you attend a game. The Surge will have weekly promotions including Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks and a series of bands on Saturday nights. There will be fun for all ages, including 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.
Officials for the new team are planning on more than 100 additional events each year beyond the 70+ baseball games. They've hinted at football games, an outdoor hockey game featuring the Wichita Thunder minor league hockey team, an outdoor skating rink, concerts, festivals and more.
A considerable amount of thought has been put into making the facility not only a great location for American’s favorite pastime, but also for groups to gather.
Wichita Wind Surge staff know that having unique meeting spaces incorporated into the stadium will be a major draw, bringing in everything from corporate gatherings to weddings.
Wichita Wind Surge will offer family entertainment at affordable prices with individual game tickets ranging from $10 to $20 (available this Saturday 3/7). The Surge are currently selling season tickets, mini ticket packages, group outings, hospitality areas and more. A complete 2020 schedule with game times and road games, as well as ticket sales information, can be found at milb.com/wichita.