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Wingnuts baseball equipment, memorabilia up for public auction after buyout by city

Flying over Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at dusk

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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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)

There will be at least one more Wingnuts competition at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, but it won’t be a baseball game.

After a buyout by the city announced Tuesday, the Wingnuts are putting equipment up for auction, according to a news release from McCurdy Auction.

City officials announced it will pay $2.2 million to the Wichita Wingnuts to break the independent baseball team’s lease at Lawrence-Dumont, which will be torn down to make room for a new stadium.

Earlier this month, Mayor Jeff Longwell announced the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Baby Cakes, would be relocating to Wichita and rolled out plans for a new $81 million ballpark and pedestrian bridge across the Arkansas River.

Fans will have an opportunity to bid on memorabilia, baseball equipment, and sky box and office furniture from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the news release about the auction says.

The auction is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 3 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

“It will be an exciting auction. Buyers will have a lot of items to bid on and have the opportunity to take home their own piece of Wingnut history,” said Megan McCurdy Niedens, chief operating officer and auctioneer at McCurdy Auction.

The auction will sell Wingnuts memorabilia, sky box furniture and office furniture and various baseball equipment, Niedens said.

A full list of items up for sale will be available Friday afternoon at McCurdyAuction.com/Wingnuts, Niedens said in the release.

“We are honored to help the Wichita Wingnuts in this final chapter of their legacy here in Wichita,” Niedens said.

(FILE VIDEO) Wichita mayor Jeff Longwell announced on Sept. 6, 2018, that Wichita would be the new home of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, a triple A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. A new ballpark would be build for the team.

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