Locker room construction won’t affect baseball season

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The work to revamp Loeb Stadium is closer and closer to being complete. But because of this winter’s wicked weather, the completion date for new locker rooms has been pushed back.

“We’ve actually met people who played in the Colt World Series when they were a lot younger. We had this one guy who lived in California and he was flying to New York. He had a stop in Indianapolis for three hours. He drove up just to talk to us, just to see the stadium,” said Lafayette Jeff Baseball head coach Scott McTaggertt.

For McTaggertt, Loeb Stadium is more than just a field his team plays on, it’s a place where history has been made since 1940. Now, the stadium needs to be renovated.

“In our old locker room two years ago, we would go in afterwards and we would have mold growing already on things. We had to get out of there. We’re now in a cramped little room that’s made to take tickets out of,” said McTaggertt.

But new locker rooms and waterproofing are on the way. At Monday’s Lafayette Parks Board meeting, the board approved a contract extension that should complete the locker rooms by March 29.

“With the bad weather, we’ve extended the completion date by two weeks to give them time to get it finished,” said Maurie Denney, board president.

Denney said the city hopes this work will get the stadium through 3 to 4 years.

Coach McTaggert is happy the work will be done in time for Jeff’s home opener on April 5.

“We’re going to have a place that’s actually meant for baseball that kids can put their stuff in and feel secure. And you know, have fun in the process.”

It was also announced that the Department of Natural Resources approved the parks’ five-year master plan. These renovations to Loeb, a Columbian Park Zoo expansion and riverfront development are all included in that plan.

Repairs are also being made to Loeb Stadium’s fence, which was damaged in November’s storms.

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