Southwest side of stadium (2009)
|Former names||Lawrence Stadium (1934-1978)|
|Address||300 South Sycamore Street|
Wichita, Kansas 67213 USA
|Location||Bounded by McLean Blvd (east side), Maple St (south side), Sycamore St (west side)|
|Field size||Left field: 344 ft (105 m) |
Center field: 401 ft (122 m)
Right field: 312 ft (95 m)
|Broke ground||March 4, 1934|
|Wichita Indians (Western League) 1950–1955|
Wichita Aeros (American Association) 1970–1984
Wichita Pilots/Wranglers (TL) 1987–2007
Wichita Wingnuts (AA) 2008–2018
Lawrence–Dumont Stadium was a baseball stadium in Wichita, Kansas, United States. It was located on the northwest corner of McLean Boulevard and Maple Street, along the west bank of the Arkansas River, in the Delano neighborhood of downtown Wichita. The stadium held 6,400 fans and was primarily used for baseball. The stadium most recently was the home field of the Wichita Wingnuts independent baseball team from 2008 until 2018, and was home to the annual National Baseball Congress World Series from 1935 until 2018.
The city of Wichita tore down Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and plans to build a new stadium for the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes Triple-A baseball team. The Baby Cakes filed a relocation application that is subject to league approval before the club can relocate to Wichita. The official decision is expected before the end of 2018.
Baseball was played at other locations around Wichita in the earlier years. Island Park baseball stadium was built in 1912 on what was then Ackerman Island in the Arkansas River, north of the Douglas Street bridge. Baseball was played there from 1912 to 1933, when the stadium was torn down so the island could be removed to widen the river into one channel.
Charles S. Lawrence, former Wichita mayor (1929,1930,1933,1934) who died on September 20, 1934, after convincing the city to move the stadium and rebuild within the city limits at a location that was known as "Payne’s Pasture" (owned by Charles Payne). The construction of the stadium was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. The new stadium was named Lawrence Stadium in honor of the former mayor.
In 1978, it was renamed to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, adding the last name of Raymond "Hap" Dumont, who was a sports writer for the Wichita Eagle-Beacon, sports editor for the Hutchinson News, founder of the National Baseball Congress in 1935, and was instrumental in building Lawrence Stadium in Wichita.
The stadium underwent renovations in 2001 which brought improvements to the stadium sound system, new infield turf, a new outfield fence with tables behind it, and fresh paint to the seating area.
The stadium was again renovated in 2011. It was one of the few stadiums in the world that features a natural grass outfield with an AstroTurf infield. This would change during the April 2011 renovation when the entire field (including the grass outfield) would be replaced with RamTurf. Other changes included all new lights, exterior cosmetic improvements, new infield turf, dugout expansion, and improvements to the concourse areas.
It was home to the Wichita Wranglers minor league baseball team. The Wranglers left Wichita at the end of the 2007 season and moved to Springdale, Arkansas, where the team was renamed the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The Wichita Wingnuts of the independent American Association most recently played at Lawrence-Dumont.
- Eck Stadium at Wichita State University (northeast Wichita)
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- 1917 photo of aerial view of downtown Wichita looking east, showing Island Park baseball stadium and Douglas Street bridge on right.
- List of newspaper articles about early Wichita baseball; Tihen Notes; Wichita State University Department of Special Collections.
- List of newspaper articles about Payne's Pasture, Payne's Park, Charles Payne; Tihen Notes; Wichita State University Department of Special Collections.
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- Raymond "Hap" Dumont, 1975 Inductee, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
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- History: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Ackerman Island, Payne's Pasture, specialcollections.wichita.edu
- Photos: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Ackerman Island, Charles Payne, wichitaphotos.org
|Events and tenants|
| Host of the AAB All-Star Game