Keeper of the Plans

Chairs at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to be sold individually this weekend

Wichita to replace Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Wichita plans to raze the 84-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium this fall and replace it with a new $75 million stadium that will play host to a AAA minor league team.
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Wichita plans to raze the 84-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium this fall and replace it with a new $75 million stadium that will play host to a AAA minor league team.

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium’s time in Wichita is about up.

The city has already announced that it plans on razing the 84-year-old stadium this fall to pave the way for a new baseball stadium, which will play host to an affiliated minor-league team starting in 2020.

All traces of the Wichita Wingnuts were auctioned off a few weeks ago, as the demolition is expected to commence this fall.

But the public will have one last chance to see the stadium before then.

The City of Wichita’s Park and Recreation Department is hosting “Farewell Lawrence-Dumont Stadium” this Saturday, a free event featuring film screenings, a baseball game featuring local celebrities, food trucks, movie screenings and fireworks.

You can even buy one of the Lawrence-Dumont chairs for your living room — or wherever else.

From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be an on-site cash-only sale for chairs, which purchasers must bring their own wrenches and screwdrivers to remove. The seats must be removed by noon.

Chairs will be limited to one per person.

Blue seats are $35, Tan/blue seats are $20 and red seats are $5.

Later in the day, “Farewell Lawrence-Dumont” will run from 2:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the stadium, 300 S. Sycamore.

The baseball game will start at 3 p.m., and the Wichita Collegiate School marching band will play between innings.

Food trucks will be on scene throughout the afternoon, including Kona Ice NW Wichita, U-Hungry TRUCK, Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs and the Bar on Demand mobile bar.

After the game concludes, there will be a tribute to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, as family members of Charles S. Lawrence and Ray “Hap” Dumont are expected to be in attendance.

After that, local ‘80s cover band The Astronauts will play for an about an hour, after which there will be one final fireworks show at the stadium.

Weather permitting, after the fireworks, there will be screenings of “The Sandlot” and “For Love of the Game.”

Next week, the deconstruction of the stadium is scheduled to begin, Troy Houtman, director of the Park and Recreation Department, said with crews removing seats, taking out part of the Astro-Turf carpet, and “trying to unload the scoreboard.”

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium from the air Thursday night at dusk as the Wingnuts took on the Winnipeg Goldeyes. This was the Wingnuts last game at home this season. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle / Sept. 14, 2017)

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