Located in beautiful Columbian Park, Loeb Stadium is home to the Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos. Built in 1942 by the Work Project Administration (WPA), it has been one of the finest high school facilities in the state for many years. The stadium was built at a cost of $50,000 with a donation from Bert and June Loeb, in memory of Bert’s father Solomon. Loeb Stadium was the home of the original minor league Lafayette Red Sox (class D) in the early 1940’s. Today it is not only home to the Bronchos but also home of the Colt World Series, which is held every August, and the Lafayette Post 11 American Legion team. In addition Loeb Stadium has hosted many Sectional, Regional, and Semi-state games of the IHSAA Baseball Tournament. The 1971, 1974, 1975 and 2005 State Finals were held here due to scheduling conflicts at Bush Stadium and Victory Field in Indianapolis.
With its major league dimensions (322’ in left field, 404’ in centerfield, and 327’ to right field), a dual-level press box and a seating capacity of 3,500 Loeb Stadium is an excellent place to play. A renovation effort that started in 1986 has improved the facilities at Loeb tremendously. Harry Bradway spearheaded over $350,000 in donations for these renovations.
Loeb Stadium is currently maintained by the Bronchos during the spring and by a grounds crew supervised by Coach McTagertt in the summer. Coach Igo is the Assistant Loeb Manager and is an essential part of the summer grounds crew.
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