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La Crosse Loggers proposing $1 million improvements to Copeland Park

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The La Crosse Loggers are proposing significant improvements to the Lumber Yard at Copeland Park—nearly $1 million worth of improvements to be exact.

Members from the Loggers' organization, such as General Manager Chris Goodell and Owner Dan Kapanke, are proposing a “face lift” to the stadium. Those changes include adding permanent restrooms, a retail store and ticket booth connected to the restroom facilities, doubling their concession area, and expanding the entrance out towards Copeland Park Drive.

"You know, we don't want to sit still,” Goodell said. “We always want to give back to the ballpark and the community and making it a better place to come. While we've built quite a bit out there in the first 12 years, we're not there. We haven't been there and we still have more to do."

Goodell said the Loggers and other private funding would cover the cost of the project. The Loggers though aren't the only team that plays baseball at Copeland Park, as local high schools and American Legion play games at the Lumber Yard as well. Goodell said though construction at the stadium “wouldn't interfere” with their baseball seasons.

The Loggers hope to begin construction in March and finish by the start of their baseball season at the end of May. Goodell said moving forward, the Loggers are “very optimistic” these changes will be made in time for the 2015 baseball season.

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