Loggers break ground on Copeland Park renovations

Improvements could open park up to more than just baseball

Most of the eyes in the baseball world are on the World Series right now, but the La Crosse Loggers are also doing big things.

The club held a groundbreaking Thursday to mark the start of a major renovation project at Copeland Park.

The new and improved “Copeland Park and Event Center” will include a completely revamped entrance with a new ticket office, retail store, a second concession stand and three times as many bathrooms. There will also be a La Crosse Area Baseball Hall of Fame display on a walking path.

General Manager Chris Goodell says it’s the most ambitious effort in the club’s 14-year history.

“This improvement, this set of enhancements right here, is as big as anything we’ve done even from the first year when we first built the stadium, so that’s how impactful this is and we’re excited it’s finally underway,” said Goodell.

The project should be completed by the time the Loggers open play in 2017. Once the project is done, the team hopes the park will be better equipped to host more than just baseball games including movie nights and festivals.