Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has unveiled plans for a $16 million overhaul of the more than 75-year-old Loeb Stadium. The Journal & Courier reports plans call for rotating the current layout 180 degrees so home plate and the stadium’s main entrance become a more visible landmark.
Roswarski says the proposed project would be paid for through funds captured by a tax increment financing district. Construction, if the 2,000-seat stadium plans move forward, could begin in 2019 and be complete a year later.
Last year, Roswarski discussed a $10 million proposal to tear down and reconstruct the ball park. The Journal & Courier reports the mayor says the new, more expensive vision will become a focal point of the city and a key economic driver. He told the publication "You need this amenity on the street. If you bury it back here (in the current location), the impact you’re going to have just isn’t the same. It’s about baseball and all those things but it"s about jobs, companies, keeping people here and people willing to move here and we need them to see the stadium."
If the proposed timeline holds, the project would displace the Lafayette Aviators, the Lafayette Jefferson High School baseball team and the Colt World Series for 2020.