Historic Loeb Stadium
The Aviators played their 2016-2019 seasons at Historic Loeb Stadium, located at Columbian Park in Lafayette, IN. Officially opening in 1940, Loeb Stadium had a rich history and had hosted many teams and events, including: The Colt World Series, Lafayette Jefferson High School Baseball, IHSAA Tournaments, American Legion Baseball, the Lafayette Red Sox of the Midwest League, the Lafayette Leopards of the Great Central League, and the Ohio Valley Redcoats of the Frontier League.
Originally called the Columbian Park Recreational Center, it was officially renamed Loeb Stadium in 1971. Bert and June Loeb donated $50,000 to construct the 3,500 seat stadium in honor of Solomon Loeb.
Loeb Alumni Stories
The Aviators worked with BoilerComm, Purdue's student run public relations firm, to gather stories from those that have been involved with Loeb Stadium over the years. Here are the highlights:
- Paul "Spider" Fields, Bill Olds, and Mark Strader - Lafayette Jeff Baseball
- Tim Bordenet - Lafayette Central Catholic Baseball
- Tim Clark - Colt World Series
- Joe Bumbleburg - American Legion Baseball
- Mayor Tony Roswarski - City of Lafayette
- Brad Cohen - Lafayette Leopards & Arni's Restaurant
- Fan Stories
NEW STADIUM - COMING FALL 2020
A new era is coming to Loeb Stadium, as the Aviators home will be replaced prior to the 2021 season with a new $17 million state of the art facility to be constructed on the same site as the current stadium. Home plate will move to the center field area of the current ballpark, allowing for the facility’s main entrance to be placed on the corner of Main and Wallace streets.
The new ballpark will accommodate approximately 2,500 patrons per baseball game. Included in the new facility will be a synthetic playing surface, suites, party areas, modern concessions and restrooms, and other features that will allow the stadium to host non-baseball events.
Demolition of the original Loeb Stadium started following the conclusion of the 2019 baseball season. Construction is slated to be completed in November of 2020, meaning the the Aviators will not play at Loeb Stadium in 2020 during construction. The team announced that they will be playing their 2020 Prospect League season at Purdue University's Alexander Field.
American Structurepoint has offered fans a Glimpse into the Future with an overview of the new stadium project.