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For Four New Venues, Opening Day Becomes a Moving Target

READY TO GO: Lynn Family Stadium is one of the new venues that postponed spring openings because of COVID-19. (Courtesy Louisville City FC) The national shutdown of sports and entertainment venues put a damper on four stadiums poised to open this spring across the country.  Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2 billion palace, is the most prominent facility affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Elsewhere, three smaller projects were ready to pop the bubbly until the coronavirus shelved those celebrations: Lynn Family Stadium, a soccer venue in Louisville; Wichita’s Triple-A Riverfront Stadium; and O’Brate Stadium, a college baseball facility in Stillwater, Okla. Keeping the doors closed after the outbreak has been a tough break for all four buildings and the principals involved in those developments. There are obvious concerns over the financial implications of losing revenue from events postponed and canceled because of the shutdown. If there’s a silver […]

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‘Marquee Project’ On Deck in Wichita

DOWNTOWN DESTINATION: The 6,000-seat Riverfront Stadium sits beside the Arkansas River in Wichita, Kan. (Courtesy DLR Group) $75M Riverfront Stadium is new home of Triple-A Wind Surge The ribbon cutting is on hold for Riverfront Stadium in Wichita, Kan., because of the COVID-19 crisis, but when it finally opens, the minor league ballpark will signal a rebirth for sports in general and the city’s downtown redevelopment. The $75 million project is the home of the Wichita Wind Surge, the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. The team relocated from New Orleans after last season. DLR Group designed the ballpark, and J.E. Dunn and Eby Construction built it. Riverfront Stadium was close to completion by mid-March, the point at which sports started to shut down because of the novel coronavirus.  From start to finish, officials laid out an aggressive 14-month design-build schedule, said Lou Schwechheimer, the team’s managing general partner.  The stadium stayed […]

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Geography, Not Sponsor, Has Naming Rights in Wichita

WICHITA THIRD BASE LINEMAN: Club seating sits on the third base side of Riverfront Stadium in Wichita, Kan. (Courtesy DLR Group) ‘It’s part of a grander vision,’ Wind Surge owner says The new $75 million minor league ballpark in Wichita will open without a naming-rights partner. Given the COVID-19 crisis, it’s a tough call as to exactly when its doors will open after things get back to normal across the country. For now, Riverfront Stadium is the official name for the home of the Wichita Wind Surge, the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. Wichita city officials say the current name remains a “placeholder” until a naming-rights deal is signed, according to a story on kansas.com. Lou Schwechheimer, the team’s managing general partner, offered a different take of the situation. “We decided to make it Riverfront Stadium because it’s part of a grander vision, creating a baseball and entertainment village,” Schwechheimer said. […]

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