Minor league and independent league baseball games, like Wichita’s Wingnuts, are a fun, affordable alternative to Major League Baseball games. Ticket and concession prices are lower, smaller stadiums get fans closer to the action and there’s always a chance the rosters include up-and-coming stars. Fans will find a focus on giveaways, special appearances, entertainment, theme nights and daily promotions.

Plan now to catch one of about 50 home games the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team will play this summer. The games are family friendly and offer one of the best views of Wichita’s downtown skyline.

Games are played May through August at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, which sits on the west bank of the Arkansas River. The historical stadium is named after Charles S. Lawrence, Wichita’s mayor when it was built in 1934, and Hap Dumont, a sporting goods salesman who created the National Baseball Congress (NBC) tournament being played this summer for the 83rd year. Don’t miss walking through the concourse and the areas beyond outfield for signage sharing the history of baseball in Wichita. You’ll be surprised at how many names you’ll recognize among those who played in the stadium through the decades.

This is the 10th summer for the Wingnuts, an independent baseball team that competes against teams like the Kansas City T-Bones and Texas AirHogs. As an independent team, the Wingnuts are not affiliated with an MLB team. The locally owned team is managed by Pete Rose Jr. and has won a division title in each of the past six seasons playing in the American Association and won the league championship in 2014.

Tickets range from $6 to $15 with a different promotion each night of the week, including: Monday, KwikShop Dollar Day ($1 general admission ticket vouchers available at Wichita area KwikShop locations); Thursday, Thirsty Thursday (beer and soda specials) and Ladies Night (wine specials);  Friday, Post-game Fireworks;  Saturday, giveaways and post-game autographs; Sunday, Splash Down Sundays and post-game kids run the bases/catch on the field.

Collectors and fans of the Kansas Stars team of former MLB players, who played in the 2016 NBC tournament in Wichita, won’t want to miss these giveaways: June 17, Nate Robertson & Adam LaRoche bobble head; Aug. 19, Toby Keith bobble head; and Aug. 26, Roger “Rocket” Clemens bobble head.

There are also special events scheduled throughout the season. One sure to be popular is a free Fourth of July Wichita Wingnuts BBQ Cookoff before the 6:05 p.m. Wingnuts game on July 4. This is a Kansas City BBQ Society licensed contest. There will be a KAKE-TV cool zone, Big Sky Party Rentals kid zone, beer garden and more. A ticket is required to enter the stadium for the game, and there will be post-game fireworks.

Tickets and a full promotional schedule are available at wichitawingnuts.com.