300 South Sycamore Street|
Wichita, Kansas 67213 USA
Left - 344' |
Center - 401'
Right - 312'
Wichita Indians (Western League) (1950–1955)|
Wichita Aeros (American Association) (1970–1984)
Wichita Pilots/Wranglers (TL) (1987–2007)
Wichita Wingnuts (AA) (2008–present)
Lawrence–Dumont Stadium is a baseball stadium in Wichita, Kansas, United States. It is located on the northwest corner of McLean Blvd and Lewis Street, along the west bank of the Arkansas River, in the Delano neighborhood of downtown Wichita.
The stadium holds 6,400 fans and primarily used for baseball. It is the home field of the Wichita Wingnuts independent baseball team, and also home to the annual National Baseball Congress World Series, the annual North American championship of the NBC, an organization of 15 amateur and semi-professional baseball leagues operating in the United States and Canada. It has been played at this stadium annually since 1935.
The stadium is named for Charles S. Lawrence, former Wichita mayor from 1933 to 1934 who died on September 20, 1934, after convincing the city to move the park within the city limits. The construction of the stadium was a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression. Blue laws earlier prohibited baseball within the city and games were played on Ackerman Island in the middle of the Arkansas River. That stadium burned in 1934. Ray "Hap" Dumont had promised to hold semi-pro games in the new ballpark (which was built with WPA help). He paid Satchel Paige $1,000 to bring the Bismarck Churchills to the stadium to play in the first NBC Championship.
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 now play at Lawrence-Dumont.
- Eck Stadium at Wichita State University (northeast Wichita)
- Paul's Ballpark Review: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
- Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Views - Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues
- 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