Baseball

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.

City of Lafayette

Why is part of South Street closed?

Will the trees come back along Main Street?

When, oh when, will Sagamore Parkway be done?

Can the city construct a winning baseball team?

All those questions and more on this week's Ask The Mayor with Lafayette's Tony Roswarski.

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.

Indianapolis Indians / https://www.facebook.com/IndianapolisIndians/photos/pb.10053266362.-2207520000.1444750316./10153034393061363/?type=3&theater

The Indianapolis Indians have signed a new 20-year lease on Victory Field.

The new lease is similar to the team's first 20-year lease that expires in March, but Capital Improvement Board Executive Director Barney Levengood says it took about five months of negotiations to reach agreement on who would be responsible for what repair and maintenance costs.

“Whenever you divide up responsibilities, it does take some time to get that done,” Levengood says.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

A sports marketing firm has gotten City of Lafayette officials to play ball when it comes to selling beer at Loeb Stadium.

The park has been home to several teams in the past 70 years, but none has lasted more than a few seasons. So what makes Mayor Tony Roswarski think this time will be any different?

We also talk more about crime on today’s program. A listener writes in to say she’s worried about her neighborhood.

And the city is hoping sending more police cars home with officers will stem the rising tide of violence. But is that an admission something’s wrong?

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

Lafayette city leaders made it official Tuesday: a summer league baseball team will call Columbian Park’s Loeb Stadium home, starting next summer.

The city has been in negotiations with Milwaukee-based sports marketing firm MKE Sports and Entertainment since spring, and this week inked a deal that leases the city’s stadium to the firm,  which will develop a new team to become part of the collegiate wooden-bat Prospect League.

All The Babe's men

Sep 27, 2013

The newest book by Eldon Ham "All The Babe's Men: Baseball's Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America"