Northwest Arkansas Naturals
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team based in Springdale, Arkansas. The team is member of the Texas League, and serves as the Double-A affiliate to the Kansas City Royals. They relocated to Springdale from Wichita, Kansas in 2008. They were previously known as the Wichita Wranglers. The team also had previous incarnations as the Amarillo Gold Sox and Beaumont Golden Gators.
The Naturals play at Arvest Ballpark. The facility is located at the intersection of 56th Street and Watkins, and was completed in early 2008. The team’s nickname plays off the state’s nickname as the “Natural State,” as well as the Robert Redford film, The Natural. The name was chosen after receiving 33% of the votes in an online fan poll, beating second-place choice “Thunder Chickens” by 6%.