Loggers wrap up successful season, eye ballpark improvements

Renovations to Copeland Park entrance to begin in October

The La Crosse Loggers wrapped up another successful season on and off the field over the weekend.

Although they missed the playoffs this year, the Loggers did win their season finale at the Lumberyard Sunday night to finish with an overall record of 38-33.

The front office says the Loggers drew more than 98,000 people to the ballpark this year, the second highest total in the Northwoods League.

General Manager Chris Goodell says when those fans enter Copeland Park next summer, things will look much different. The entrance to the Lumberyard is being almost completely remodeled, with a brand new ticket office, retail store, three times as many restrooms and a second concession area underneath a covered pavilion being built during the offseason.

“It’s going to have a dramatic facelift to the front entrance of Copeland Park when people start coming back out here by Opening Day 2017,” said Goodell.

The new entryway to the stadium will also include exhibits from the La Crosse Area Baseball Hall of Fame.

Construction on the new entrance to the park is expected to begin in early October, with most of the larger parts of the project getting done before winter. The team hopes to have everything up and running for Opening Day nine months from now.