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New Wichita Triple-A baseball stadium, NBC museum another step closer to construction

Demolition at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium will be torn down to make way for a new $81 million stadium. City officials hope to have the 84-year-old stadium cleared away by the end of the year. (Nov. 5, 2018)
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Lawrence-Dumont Stadium will be torn down to make way for a new $81 million stadium. City officials hope to have the 84-year-old stadium cleared away by the end of the year. (Nov. 5, 2018)

A new professional baseball stadium and a National Baseball Congress museum are another step closer to construction.

The city of Wichita received three bids for the design and construction of the new multipurpose ballpark to replace Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, officials said in a release Thursday. The stadium will be the home field for a relocated minor league baseball team.

Mayor Jeff Longwell announced in September that the New Orleans Baby Cakes, a Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, had agreed to move to Wichita.

The three proposals will be reviewed by government officials, and the design-build teams will be interviewed later this month, the release said.

The city will spend as much as $81 million on the project. It includes the new ballpark, a National Baseball Congress museum and related infrastructure.

Demolition of the old stadium is set for later this month. Construction is expected to begin in April 2019, with the first pitch thrown in the stadium in April 2020.

Fans were allowed into Lawrence-Dumont Stadium one final time on Saturday. For a fee, they could buy stadium chairs and take them home.

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