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. With much excitement, affiliated minor league baseball in Wichita is back and the recently constructed Riverfront Stadium in downtown Wichita is home to the new Wichita Wind Surge.
The new Double-A club is affiliated with the Minnesota Twins, and began their first season in May 2021 after being delayed a year by the pandemic.
Wondering where to park when going to an event at Wichita’s new stadium? Want to know what else you can do around Riverfront Stadium? Ready to look into the ticket options for Wind Surge baseball? We’ve put together this guide of everything you need to know about attending a Wichita Wind Surge game at Riverfront Stadium.
Meet the Wichita Wind Surge
The Wichita Wind Surge is the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, which baseball pundits consider to have a top 10 farm system in terms of the quality of players.
The Surge will compete in the newly formed 10-team Central League, which baseball fans will notice is similar to what was once the Texas League. The Surge will play in the North Division that also includes the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners), Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals), Springfield Cardinals (Cardinals) and Tulsa Drillers (Dodgers). Teams in the league’s South Division are the Amarillo Sod Poodles (Diamondbacks), Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros), Frisco Roughriders (Rangers), Midland Rockhounds (Athletics) and San Antonio Missions (Padres).
The 2021 baseball season has been amended to meet pandemic restrictions and precautions. The Surge will play a 120-game schedule from May through September with two six-game homestands each month. They opened the season with a 2-0 win on May 4 in Springfield, Missouri.
Games are played Tuesday through Sunday. First pitch happens at 7:05 p.m. on weekdays, 6:05 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:05 p.m. on Sundays. Gates open 90 minutes before first pitch.
Watch for information on promotional giveaways and in-game promotions (food and drink specials, fireworks, live music, etc.).
Individual game tickets are on sale now and start at $10 along with mini ticket packages, season tickets, group packages and hospitality areas. Riverfront Stadium's Section 3 is set up with pod seating for fans looking for socially distanced seating (fans must purchase tickets for an entire pod).
Stock-up on Wind Surge gear at the Team Store located at the Emprise Bank Pavilion. Find everything from hats and jerseys to gift cards and novelties like keychains and license tags. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also shop their official online store.
Wind Surge Kids Club
Kids 12 & under are invited to join the free Wind Surge Kids Club, presented by Quantum Credit Union. Members get a free grass berm ticket to every Sunday game in July, August and September and a FastPass to be automatically placed at the front of the line during Kids Run the Bases following each Sunday home game, along with other exclusive member perks.
Meet Riverfront Stadium
Riverfront Stadium is a $75 million state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue on the west bank of the Arkansas River near downtown Wichita, on the former site of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium (1934 to 2018). While the stadium is most widely known as the home of the Wichita Wind Surge minor league baseball team, it was built with many uses in mind.
Officials say there could be as many as 100 additional events each year beyond the baseball games. They’ve hinted at football games, an outdoor hockey game featuring the Wichita Thunder minor league hockey team, an outdoor skating rink, movie screenings, concerts and festivals. The stadium has unique indoor-outdoor meeting spaces that also will attract private events ranging from corporate gatherings to weddings.
As of May 14, face masks are no longer required while at Riverfront Stadium. Fans who would like to continue to wear masks at the ballpark when they are not actively eating or drinking in their seats are encouraged to do so. Regulations and protocols are changing often, so be sure to check the team's safety updates for the latest procedures before attending an event at Riverfront Stadium, including their clear bag policy.
Please do not attend an event at Riverfront Stadium if you have been knowingly exposed to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to an event or if you are feeling ill.
Riverfront Stadium can seat 6,500 in the seating bowl plus 3,500 more on berms and picnic areas for a baseball game. As many as 18,000 people can attend a concert or other events when the field is used for sitting or standing.
Fan comfort was built into the stadium, from drink rails to uninterrupted views of the field from the concourse. Seats average 21 inches wide, making them some of the widest among minor league ballparks in the country, and roomy rows in the seating bowl mean you won’t have to get up each time someone walks out of the row. Riverfront Stadium is the first stadium to build with a design including a protective net around the entire field for safety during baseball games.
What’s the best seat in Riverfront Stadium? That’s subjective and depends on your preferences, but there’s not a bad view anywhere in the stadium. Among the seating options: reserved field box seats, loge boxes, premium rail seats in right field, the grassy berm in left field and Fidelity Bank Bravely Onward Club seats.
Special Event Space
The stadium hosts gatherings on game days as well as non-game days. Among the spaces available to rent: Dillons Picnic Patio, Fidelity Bank Club, Coors Lite Party Deck, Emprise Bank Pavilion, two private suites and a left field bar with garage doors that open.
Food & Drink
Concession stands throughout the stadium sell hot dogs, burgers, pizza, ice cream and other ballpark favorites. A food court area in the concourse behind home plate also has a stand featuring Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a national chain started by Wichita entrepreneurs. There is full bar service as well as local craft beer on tap.
The stadium has an in-house food and beverage team that offers upscale menu items in the suites and for special events at Riverfront Stadium.
Riverfront Stadium operates as a cashless facility, including food/beverage, merchandise, tickets and parking. This helps limit direct contact between employees and guests. If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can exchange your cash for a card at one of two locations in the stadium.
You’ll find nine public artworks by 12 local and regional artists in and around Riverfront Stadium.
There’s a unique baseball scene along the Sycamore Street fence that requires you be at just the right angle to fully see it and a cast concrete frieze from the former stadium has been incorporated into an artwork called “Point Of Convergence” that welcomes visitors on the south exterior wall of the stadium.
Walk around the exterior of the stadium to see the art installed at each entrance: the Maple Street entry is flanked by a vivid baseball history mural by Brickmob as well as a hanging sculpture as you walk into the stadium; Derek Porter’s 30-foot tall shimmering “Faceted Column” has nearly 5,000 faceted mirror surfaces that collect and recast images of the surroundings outside the McLean Boulevard gate; the Delano Street entrance has a pedestal where a new sculpture will be mounted every year.
Inside, notice the decorative art elements throughout the concourse and home plate food court and don’t miss the murals in the concourse restrooms by Lupoli Collective.
Look for a museum honoring baseball in Wichita in 2022 as well as references throughout the stadium to historic Wichita baseball and National Baseball Congress legends.
Two temporary parking lots have been built west of the stadium. The first adds 100 spaces and is located between Texas and Burton (west of Sycamore), and the second is at the northwest corner of Maple and Sycamore. There is plenty of free parking in surface lots and some parking structures surrounding Riverfront Stadium (like the Wichita Ice Center, Gander Mountain parking garage, WaterWalk lot & garage, Century II, Metropolitan Baptist Church, and the lot south of the Monarch).
The Q-Line downtown transportation service returned to service May 29 and connects between the stadium and parking areas east of the river. There is a new event shuttle available for select games that fans can ride for free. The area is also walkable, with the Maple and Douglas bridges offering pedestrian walkways. Another walkable option is free street parking throughout the Historic Delano District. Handicap parking stalls are available on-site.
The city is planning a six-story multimodal center to be completed in 2023. Located at the site of the first temporary lot (west of Sycamore, between Texas and Burton), the structure is expected to have 500 parking spaces, a partially covered bus plaza, bike storage and rentals, and possibly some outdoor seating with a restaurant or cafe.
Riverfront Stadium is located in Wichita’s Historic Delano District, an area that has witnessed a boost of energy in the past decade while retaining its historic charm of being part of the Chisholm Trail cattle drives and early aircraft manufacturing. Pop into Hatman Jack’s for headwear, grab a pre-game drink at Monarch or schedule a lane at Blade & Timber. Walk the district along Douglas Avenue to explore other retail shops, eateries, bakeries, bars, entertainment venues and service businesses.
From Riverfront Stadium, you’re also not far from the Keeper of the Plains and the Museums on the River. Just head north on the walking path along the Arkansas River and you’ll encounter these five museums and Wichita’s most iconic landmark: Exploration Place, Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita Art Museum and Botanica Wichita.
Whether you’re a diehard baseball fan or looking for affordable fun for the family, a Wichita Wind Surge game at Riverfront Stadium is just the ticket! If you’re looking for more to do, check out our calendar of events, restaurants, hotels and other attractions in Wichita.