City Launches West Bank Project
In 2016, the City began exploring the potential recruitment of affiliated baseball back to Wichita. The goal has been to rejuvenate the downtown riverfront through the redevelopment of the Lawrence Dumont site with the construction of a new stadium and a museum for the National Baseball Congress (NBC). This project will provide significant quality of life amenities and as such would help retain and attract talent to Wichita.
The City secured state STAR bond authorization and established a Tax Incremental Finance District to provide a new, state-of-the-art, multi-sport facility that would attract the interest of minor league baseball. That sustained planning, preparation and execution resulted in the recent announcement of the intent for the Pacific Coast League (PCL) to consider the relocation request of the New Orleans AAA franchise to Wichita.
The project includes a new stadium, NBC museum, riverbank improvements, a pedestrian bridge connecting the stadium to Century II Performing Arts Center and related infrastructure. The projects will be financed utilizing STAR Bonds, TIF Bonds and CID financing, which are funded by revenue generated by the project. An additional portion will be financed with General Obligation financing.