WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita city officials have approved spending up to $81 million to build a new ballpark for a Triple-A baseball franchise.
The council on Tuesday approved a plan that will also pay $2.2 million to the Wichita Wingnuts to break the independent baseball team’s lease at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, which will be torn down.
Mayor Jeff Longwell announced last week that the Triple A team will move from New Orleans to Wichita. The team is an affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
The Wichita Eagle reports the new stadium will cost $75 million and must be completed by March 15, 2020. The city’s agreement includes building a $6 million pedestrian bridge across the Arkansas River.
The move is not final and City Manager Robert Layton said changes could still be made in the agreement.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com