LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Every year, the end of summer in Lafayette is marked by the Colt World Series. The tournament for high school baseball players from around the world is played at Loeb Stadium in Columbian Park.
Summer is baseball season, but one Lafayette man is asking why is it here only at the end of the season?
“A lot of what should actually be baseball season the stadium is not really being used,” Aaron Parrish said. “The idea is to actually get it used all summer. A college team would be a great way to get a lower cost, more family-orientated option here.”
Parrish is hoping a fundraising campaign can raise the $200,000 it would take to get a collegiate team in the Prospect League to call Loeb Stadium home.
“That’s the number that came right from the Prospect League commissioners as kind of the baseline of where to start as far as buying the team outright, and kind of the first initial equipment fees and uniforms,” Parrish said.
He talked to city officials about a year ago. Since starting his fundraising campaign, Parrish said he has not sat down with Lafayette leaders, but plans to.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said he has not spoken with Parrish, but is always willing to sit down with people to talk about ideas about what could fill Loeb Stadium.
Parrish said because of the way fundraising is changing, he thought he could raise the money himself.
“The more I thought about it, I thought well it’s the age of crowd funding, so why don’t I try to raise the money,” Parrish said.
This season Loeb Stadium will debut new renovations including a new locker room and structural repairs.
Most recently the last non-high school team that called Loeb home was the Ohio Valley Redcoats in 2005.
Parrish said he is not expecting big donations, but if the community can come together to give a little he thinks the $200,000 goal is reachable.
“The way I’m thinking about it is, if 10,000 people gave you $20, that’s not even enough people to fill Mackey Arena, and that can get you there,” Parrish said.
For a link to Parrish’s website, click here.