The Falcon baseball team will have a new playing field this spring, as they take to the diamond at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in the Delano district of Wichita.
“The venue provides Friends University with a facility conducive to many needs,” said Athletic Director Joe Zimmerman. “Not only for baseball, but also as a venue that allows us to engage individuals or groups in a setting that is warm and inviting. This move also addresses one of our institutional goals in partnership with the Delano community.”
The University has signed a three-year contract with Lawrence-Dumont with an option to extend the agreement at the end of the three-year term. The Falcons will play their first game on the field in February, and approximately 26 to 30 games will be played during the 2013 season.
“We believe the venue will allow us to schedule more home games as teams will desire to play at our venue in part because of the all-weather surface,” Zimmerman said.
The Falcons’ former playing field, Westside Athletics field, will continue to be maintained by the University and will be used primarily for junior varsity practice and games.
Zimmerman said Lawrence-Dumont is very conducive to collegiate baseball and addresses all the team’s needs, including a synthetic playing field, climate controlled locker rooms, batting cages, athletic training facilities, and a press box.
“We are very excited to have Friends University baseball at the Lawrence-Dumont facility,” Zimmerman said. “The venue provides our program with one of the premier baseball parks in the Midwest. It provides a great environment for our student athletes to compete and also for our University and fans to enjoy.”
Falcon Baseball will play its first games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with doubleheaders against Briar Cliff University Feb. 23-24.