Wichita officials released detailed initial concepts of the new baseball stadium Wednesday morning. Last fall, the city announced a Triple-A baseball team was locating to the city.
The stadium will have 6,000 seats and an overall capacity of about 10,000 people. It will include picnic areas, varied dining options, accessible parking spots and shuttle service.
Red brick, limestone and painted steel are core design elements of the stadium.
The entrance will open to McLean and the Arkansas River. McLean will stay open.
Groundbreaking for the stadium will be Feb. 13. Construction will start shortly after. The stadium will open by April 2020.
Many on the design team said it is not perfect yet.
“It looks the same, and this is a large investment. $75 million is a big opportunity and like people said it’s not. There probably won’t be another one in our lifetime,” said Ella Baccus, stadium design board.
The design board will recommend the city council either accept or not accept the design.
The architectural firm said the design will change based on information they received today.
“Actually, that’s why we came to the design council, early, so we could incorporate some of their comments,” said Shannon Bohm, Schaefer, Johnson, Cox & Frey.
After the design meeting, the vice mayor held a press conference to say the city is listening and will continue to work on the design with the design team.
“Back to the proverbial drawing board and refine the concepts so they will best suit our needs and be more reflective in a design sense of where Wichita is headed,” said Jeff Blubaugh, Wichita City Council District IV.