Loeb Stadium

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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.

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.

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?

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Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium, the 75-year-old 3,500-seater in Columbian Park, is home to the Colt World series, American Legion baseball and Jefferson High School’s team. But when it comes to professional ball, things have never quite worked out for the ballpark.

As was announced this week, a consortium that owns several Midwestern collegiate teams is ready to try again.

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.

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