Delano businesses prepare for baseball season


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Riverfront Stadium is ready as the Wichita State Shockers baseball team is the first to play in the stadium.

Delano business owners are ready for the rush and want to be overprepared. They anticipate several fans will come either before or after the game and enjoy some snacks.

“There has been a lot of excitement as things are opening up and getting back to normal,” said Sarah Leslie, Leslie’s Coffee Company owner.

It’s been nearly more than a year since owners saw big crowds.

“To me, I feel like it’s the St. Patrick’s Day parade because that is our busiest day of the year,” said Kurt Schmidt, Picasso’s Pizzeria owner.
And now the day has arrived, the first pitch will be thrown at the Riverfront Stadium.

“It’s going to be interesting, it’s going to be very busy,” said Schmidt. “I know this is their trial run the first event at the new stadium. Same with us you know we’ve had to hire new people and everything to get them ready for this.”

“I think in general, we are all excited about having the stadium officially open and running,” added Leslie.

Giving Delano owners a new air of hope after a year of financial struggles.

“It will just be a reminder to people that Delano is still here and has a lot to offer and just bring people back to this area,” said Leslie.

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