The City of Lafayette and Lafayette Board of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce that the Lafayette Aviators have been named the baseball team to play in Loeb Stadium. The announcement was made today during a Park Board meeting at the Loeb Stadium construction site.
“We are very excited to welcome the Lafayette Aviators back to Loeb Stadium,” said Mayor Tony Roswarski. “After many months of evaluating our new partnership, we are eager for the Aviators to throw out that first pitch and continue their family-oriented game plan in this new state-of-the art facility. As we move forward, Loeb Stadium will build upon our quality of life initiative and keep on track our work force goals for economic growth throughout Greater Lafayette.”
The decision to select the Aviators came after a formal request for proposals (RFP) was issued. The RFP was released on February 10, 2020 and submissions were due on April 20, 2020. The City of Lafayette, the Park Board, and a committee of community business leaders took part in a formal review process. After contract review and negotiations, the lease/use agreement was finalized and approved by the Park Board as of Monday, August 24, 2020.
“We are very pleased that the City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Board of Parks & Recreation selected the Aviators to provide summer family entertainment at the new Loeb Stadium,” said Bill Davidson, Chairman of Lafayette Family Entertainment. “The Aviators have worked hard to develop strong grass roots community partnerships and look forward to expanding our outreach while providing an exceptional entertainment experience at the new Loeb Stadium for the Greater Lafayette community for years to come.”
The Lafayette Aviators leased the former Loeb Stadium from 2016-2019. The 2021 season will mark their return to the new stadium. The Lafayette Aviators are a collegiate baseball team belonging to the West Division of the summer collegiate Prospect League.
The new Loeb Stadium is slated for substantial completion in December 2020. The stadium will be home to both the Lafayette Jefferson High School Bronchos and the Lafayette Aviators.
About the Lafayette Aviators
The Lafayette Aviators are members of the Prospect League, a top summer collegiate baseball league operating with thirteen teams from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Prospect League players are college athletes seeking to improve their skills against high level competition. The season begins in late May and concludes in early August with each team playing 30 home and 30 road games. Twelve former Aviators have signed pro baseball contracts upon concluding their college careers.
About Lafayette Parks and Recreation
The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains 700 acres of land within the City of Lafayette. This includes the maintenance of more than 27 miles of paved trails. The city’s trails are open to the public and can be used for a variety of activities including walking, running, biking, rollerblading, and more. Learn more about Lafayette Parks and Recreation at LafayetteParks.org