LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Loeb Stadium looks different. Instead of summer baseball with loaded dugouts, beams, gravel, and construction workers make up the venue. That industrial look will not last long. Lafayette Parks & Recreation Director of Operations Jon Miner said that the project is well on its way to completion.
"We're on schedule. We've had really good weather for construction for the most part. It's been a little warm for those crews, but they've been hard at it," said Miner
Hard at work with tradition in mind: Lafayette Jeff Baseball is returning to Loeb next spring. Miner offered calming words amid the uncertainty of sports schedules in recent months.
"The stadium's scheduled to be complete in December," said Miner. "Lafayette Jeff High School will start practice and play here in march, and we'll have the first baseball game the first part of April."
Baseball won't be the only activity that will occur at Loeb. Mayor of Lafayette Tony Roswarski said the city will be able to host concerts, festivals, and even other organized sports.
"If other schools want to use that space for a special game, or for a special event, we're absolutely going to make that happen for them," said Roswarki. "We can actually play a football game on it. The opportunities are really there for us to do a lot of neat things...to build a lot of memories. My goal is just to see Loeb stadium full of life."
So what's the cherry on top of the Loeb Stadium project? Miner says it's all about the view.
"I think people will be really pleased when they sit in the stands and are watching a baseball game, or they're here at a movie night or enjoying a concert," said Miner. "Just to be able to look out over the park and see that view will just be fantastic."