LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette leaders broke ground on Loeb Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The final game at the old stadium was held on August 6th.
Lafayette City Engineer Jeromy Grenard said demolition is tentatively set for September 4th. Construction crews will be hauling away 40,000 cubic yards of dirt. That's because the new stadium will be about seven feet lower than the current field.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said this update has been years in the making, and they want to get it right.
"We want to create this new stadium that is really worthy of the history of Loeb Stadium and the history of what Loeb Stadium has meant to this community," he said.
However, they want to put a new spin on the updated stadium.
"Where we can still have the rich history of baseball that we've had here, but we can also have a soccer game, we can have a football game, we can have concerts, we can have a family night," he said. All this with the hopes of improving the quality of life and economic development in the city.
As News 18 previously reported, construction is expected to be finished by the end of 2020. The Aviators announced the team will play their 2020 home games at Purdue's Alexander Field.