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Loeb Stadium

Lafayette, IN

Home of the Lafayette Aviators

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Loeb Stadium (map it)
1915 Scott St
Lafayette, IN 47904


Lafayette Aviators website

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Year Opened: 1940

Capacity: 3,500

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Baseball Takes Flight Once Again in Lafayette, Indiana

The Lafayette Aviators debuted in the Prospect League in 2016 and set up shop at Loeb Stadium. The ballpark serves as home to the Colt World Series, Lafayette Jefferson High School baseball, IHSAA baseball tournaments, and American Legion baseball. The ballpark has a capacity of 3,500 and features a natural grass surface.

Built in 1940 and known as Columbian Park, it was the home to minor league baseball on a few occasions. The Lafayette Chiefs played one season in the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League in 1955 and were replaced by the Lafayette Red Sox in 1956 and 1957 in the Midwest League. It would be 40 years before professional baseball returned to the stadium when the Lafayette Leopards called the park home for four seasons of independent league baseball.

The return of summer league baseball to Lafayette was helped by a decision to sell alcohol at the stadium for the first time in its history. The stadium itself is located adjacent to the Tropicana Cove waterpark and Columbian Park Zoo in a residential neighborhood where the uncovered grandstand stadium blends in quite well with its surroundings.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The prices for food and beverages are very reasonable and there is more than enough to choose from on both the first and third baselines of the stadium. The Aviators utilize two grills that cook up hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs ($3-$4.50). The line can be long for higher attended games.

A Kona Ice truck is also located inside the ballpark and offers a variety of flavors to pour over shaved ice. You will also find your usual ballpark food staples such as popcorn, nachos, ice cream, pretzels, candy, and chips ($2-$5.50). Pepsi products are the beverage of choice at Loeb Stadium.

There is a respectable array of beer choices that won't break the customer's bank. Budweiser drafts come in 14 ounce ($4) or 20 ounce ($5.50) and Goose Island Green Line and Kona Big Wave Golden Ale are a bit more ($5.50 and $7). People's Brewing Company from Lafayette is also served by the can and tall boys for $6 and come in four varieties (Ol' Tavern Lager, Moundbuilder IPA, Sgt. Bravo Pale Ale, and Nine Irish Ale).

Atmosphere    4

The location of Loeb Stadium creates a truly special atmosphere the moment you park your car and walk towards the facility. It is a rather simple looking stadium, but shines with excitement with the right amount of people. It is the fans that truly make this a great place for baseball. The Aviators management puts forth a glowing effort to make sure that everyone enjoys their time in between innings.

The game features a group of young ladies who greet patrons at the front entrance and energize the crowd throughout the game by throwing t-shirts into the crowd, singing, and organizing the crowd with a makeshift volleyball game with a beach ball. There is also a list of on field promotions that include beer pong to win a date with an Aviator in between innings of play on the diamond.

Neighborhood    3

Loeb Stadium is located adjacent to the Tropicanoe Cove waterpark and Columbian Park Zoo in Columbian Park, about three and a half miles away from the campus of Purdue University. The zoo features close to 200 animals and the cost is free, but donations are encouraged. The rest of the park offers walking and biking trails, playgrounds for the children, shelters, and picnic areas.

Within visibility of the outfield walls are two popular spots before or after the game: Arni's Pizza and Original Frozen Custard. If you would like to venture around the town of Lafayette, a few suggestions would be South Street Smokehouse, Black Sparrow, and La Scala. Triple XXX Family Restaurant is a popular destination among locals and tourists, and has been featured on Food Network. Their homemade root beer is definitely worth a glass or two when in town for the game.

There are various lodging options that include Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Courtyard, and Homewood Suites.

Fans    4

It is hard to say how high fans should be graded at Loeb Stadium. The Aviators are still new and the curiosity factor is high for a town that should have been an ideal place for some type of minor league baseball a long time ago. Throughout the night, fans are glued to the game and comment on various situations on the base paths. The crowd is knowledgeable, the kids are having fun, and everyone appears thrilled that baseball is back at Loeb during the summer months of June and July.

Access    3

Loeb Stadium was built in 1940 and features an uncovered seating deck that is wide and spacious. There are some areas of the main concourse underneath the grandstand that can be cramped and narrow during larger crowds, but it is still easy to move around. The stadium could benefit with better handicap accessibility areas, and larger bathrooms.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets to Aviators games are $8 (dugout reserved) and $10 (home plate reserved), and parking is free inside the park or along the streets of the residential neighborhood. The prices are on par with other teams in the Prospect League and all seats are between the first and third baselines.

Extras    2

One extra point for the residential area and park that the stadium is located in. You'll feel somewhat trapped in time when parking and walking to the game, a fleeting experience at the higher level stadiums.

A final extra point for the crowd interaction throughout the game. In between each inning of play there is some sort of activity on the field or in the stands to excite the large crowd.

Final Thoughts

It is great to have summer baseball back at Loeb Stadium, but there is a sense that in order for the Aviators to remain a financial success, a new stadium or improvements to the current stadium are needed. If the fan support remains constant throughout the next few summers, perhaps a few new additions will be noticeable to enhance the fan experience at the game. Lafayette is a baseball town and rightfully deserving of a summer ballclub in the Prospect League. There should be a lot of fun at Loeb Stadium within the next few years.

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Local Food & Drink

Arni’s Pizza  (map it!)

3111 Builders Dr

Lafayette, IN 47909

(765) 807-0400

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Original Frozen Custard  (map it!)

2319 Wallace Ave

Lafayette, IN 47904

(765) 447-2492

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South Street Smokehouse  (map it!)

3305 South St

Lafayette, IN 47904

(765) 446-0559

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Black Sparrow  (map it!)

223 Main St

Lafayette, IN 47901

(765) 429-0405

http://blacksparrowpub.com/

La Scala  (map it!)

312 Main St

Lafayette, IN 47901

(765) 420-8171

http://www.lascalaitalianrestaurant.com/

Triple XXX Family Restaurant  (map it!)

2 N Salisbury St

West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 743-5373

https://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant.com/

Local Entertainment

Tropicanoe Coe Waterpark  (map it!)

1915 Scott St

Lafayette, IN 47904

(765) 807-1531

http://www.lafayette.in.gov/1597/Tropicanoe-Cove

Columbian Park Zoo  (map it!)

1915 Scott St

Lafayette, IN 47904

(765) 807-1540

http://www.lafayette.in.gov/520/Columbian-Park-Zoo

Lodging

Fairfield Inn & Suites Lafayette  (map it!)

4000 South St

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 449-0083

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laffi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-lafayette/

Hampton Inn Lafayette  (map it!)

3941 South St

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 447-1600

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/indiana/hampton-inn-lafayette-LAFHHHX/index.html

Courtyard Lafayette  (map it!)

150 Fairington Ave

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 449-4800

http://www.courtyardlafayette.com/

Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette  (map it!)

3939 South St

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 448-9700

http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/indiana/homewood-suites-by-hilton-lafayette-LAFINHW/index.html

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