Loeb Stadium

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Loeb Stadium opened in 1940 and played host to five summer league and professional franchises, as well as hosting the Colt World Series and Jefferson High School home games. The Aviators are slated to be the first tenants in its successor, which will see the playing surface get an about-face and be sunk into the ground before “play ball” is called in summer of 2021.

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It’s not often that cities turn down all the bids they receive for a project, but that’s just what Lafayette’s Board of Works did this week on a road paving and sidewalk improvement job.

And to hear Mayor Tony Roswarski tell it, this story might be more common in the coming years, because it’s a seller’s market in the construction trades. A lack of qualified workers means companies don’t have the manpower to do all the available jobs at once, and they can pick and choose only the most lucrative projects – and charge more for the work than they used to.

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The 2019 lawmaking session has just a couple more weeks before legislators pass a new budget and put the finishing touches on a spate of other laws – some of which could affect Greater Lafayette.

For instance: if sports betting is again legalized in Indiana, what does that mean for locals who pay close attention to Purdue?

And what happens if teachers walk off the job because a plan to raise their salaries turns into a net loss for some?

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In recent years, several Indiana cities have made sports-related investments as a way of trying to lure athletic tourism dollars.

Now that Lafayette is building a softball park and a new Loeb Stadium, is it the latest municipality to try that tactic?

That’s one of the questions we pose this week to Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

Lafayette's Loeb Stadium To Be Scrapped, Sunk & Spun

Jun 28, 2017
City of Lafayette, American Structurepoint, Kettelhut Construction

The city of Lafayette expects to break ground on a new baseball stadium in 2019 – the same year the city had originally planned to complete the project.

Loeb Stadium, home to the Lafayette Aviators, is set to be completely redone – including rotating the field so a main entrance faces Main Street, and spectators won’t be looking into the sun.

American Structurepoint senior architect Dan McCloskey says the field will also be sunk about six feet.

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The discussion about how to replace Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium began in earnest this week with a debate between citizens over prospective design plans.

The City of Lafayette has partnered with design firm American Structurepoint and wants to have the replacement space finished by 2019.

One big topic of debate at a Tuesday night forum at Lafayette’s Jefferson High School was the possibility of turning the new stadium around to face a different direction.

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Officials with MKE Sports, the company that owns the Lafayette Aviators baseball team, won’t say whether the team made a profit in its first year, but insist the team earned about what was expected.

“To be honest, you know, a lot of baseball isn’t about making a fortune or making a ton of money,” says MKE Director of Operations Dan Kuenzi.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Some police department across the state have responded to a new police body camera law by discontinuing their programs.

Lafayette took a different approach – choosing to charge as much as the law would allow for copies of any footage.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we do some math with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski and attempt to determine how providing those copies can cost that much.

Also on this week’s show, we ask about the replacement for Loeb Stadium, a fixture in Lafayette baseball circles for generations.

Pilot Logo Chosen For Lafayette Aviators Baseball Team

Dec 18, 2015
MKE Sports & Entertainment/Prospect League

When the inaugural season of Lafayette’s Prospect League baseball franchise takes off June 1, players and fans will be sporting the graphic image of an aviator.

Team owner Mike Zimmerman says fans propelled the pilot to the top during a week-long social media campaign that also included images of an airplane and an aircraft engine.

The logo unveiling on Thursday followed last week’s announcement that fans voted to name the team the Aviators, a nod to Purdue University’s role in aviation history, as well as modern-day aircraft equipment manufacturers Alcoa and GE Aviation.

MKE Sports & Entertainment/Prospect League

Lafayette’s forthcoming Prospect League Baseball Team finally has an official name. In a hat-tip to Purdue University’s tradition of flight, the wooden-bat team has been officially dubbed the Lafayette Aviators.

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