A Look Back: South Bend Celebrates 30 Years of Minor League Baseball

South Bend Tribune

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The month of April marks the 30th anniversary of the building of Coveleski Stadium. South Bend Mayor Roger Parent announced in March 1985 that the city planned to build a minor league baseball stadium in downtown South Bend. Robert and Debbie Staley, from Decatur, Ill., had met with the mayor and decided that South Bend would be the perfect location for the Midwest League expansion team they had recently purchased.

It was thought that the new stadium would serve as an economic catalyst for downtown South Bend. Local business and community leaders also anticipated that the rising popularity of minor league baseball would help bring more people into the city.

The stadium cost $11 million to build; construction was completed by April 1987.

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