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Wichita State baseball fans will be able to enjoy Riverfront Stadium, the city’s downtown ballpark, for the second year in a row.
It was announced Wednesday afternoon that the Shockers will be making their return to Riverfront Stadium on Tuesday, April 26 to play the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
WSU baseball coach Eric Wedge was fired up about playing “arguably our biggest rival” in the showcase game.
“I remember when I played here back in the day, they were knock-down, drag-out fights,” Wedge said. “All the way through each and every year and even through the postseason and I hope we get back to that again.”
Tickets to the WSU baseball game at Riverfront Stadium will be available to purchase through the Wichita Wind Surge website. Tickets will go on sale for Wind Surge and WSU season-ticket holders at 10 a.m. Thursday with tickets available online for everyone starting this Saturday.
WSU played the first game in Riverfront Stadium’s history, defeating Houston 10-1 on April 10, 2021. The Shockers scored the first run, hit the first home run and notched the first win in the stadium with more than 7,000 fans in attendance.
“I can’t get out of my mind just how special it was last year when we broke this place in,” Wedge said.
“This is not just about the Wind Surge and Wichita State. This is about the city of Wichita, it’s about Wichita State University, it’s about this state and even this region. It’s bigger than baseball. It’s about the fans and the growth of this city and I think when you put that all together, that’s what it’s all about. We’ve got to go out and play winning baseball and we want these fans to come out and watch us play.”
Wedge said that the WSU players enjoyed the downtown experience last season, as well.
“They loved it,” Wedge said. “It was an experience and they were humbled by it. They appreciated it and the way the fans showed up and how much they were into the game.
“We want to repeat that and make it better. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse and we’re going to get better every year.”
The Shockers open their 2022 season on Feb. 18 at Louisiana Tech and have their home opener on March 8 against Oral Roberts at Eck Stadium.