It appears minor league baseball is coming to Morgantown.
A press conference held by Pat O’Connor, President of Minor League Baseball and Ben Hayes, President of the New York-Penn League, will be held Tuesday morning in the Coliseum.
It’s expected that a team, probably in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system, will play in the new stadium that is going to be built at the University Town Center with tax increment funding. It will share the stadium with the WVU baseball team, which this year is playing most of its “home” games away from what has been the home stadium, Hawley Field, which the school had deemed inadequate to host Big 12 baseball.
It is hoped that the stadium will be ready for a team to move in in the spring of 2014.
WVU athletic director Oliver Luck has led the move for a new stadium and is using the plan he used as general manager of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo as a model. That franchise used both sales and property tax TIF to build a $100 million soccer stadium.
This stadium will be built on a smaller scale.
“This one’s going to be much, much smaller (in cost) obviously, but we’re using the same concept, and I know that it can work because I’ve gotten to witness it firsthand,” Luck said when announcing the plan. “I used the property and the sales tax TIF, so I understand how both work.
“We talked to the developer and had a lot of discussions over the last five weeks or so, and decided this would be a good thing for the developer, a good thing for the Morgantown area and a good thing for the University.”
There has been a similar relationship between Penn State and the State College Spikes, sharing the school’s Lubrano Park since 2006.
Hayes spoke about this issue last summer.
“I met with Oliver, I met with the developer, I met with state Sen. Bob Beach. I met with some of the council members. I was up there for the economic summit that occurred, trying to get an idea how the area does economically,” Hayes said.
“There’s a lot of that that goes into it, figuring out whether or not the market is going to fit the New York-Penn League long term.”
Hayes admitted he came away impressed.
“I can’t tell you how impressed I am. It’s a small market, there is no doubt about that. It’s not Staten Island or Brooklyn, but those aren’t typical for short-season clubs. Morgantown is typical of a short-season club’s city,” he said.
“I think it’s a good market,” Hayes continued. “Economically, I think it’s a stable market with growth potential. The people are very friendly, very sports oriented and very loyal to West Virginia University, and that’s a great thing.”
It appears minor league baseball is coming to Morgantown.
Jones uses his attitude to lead Polar Bears
When you look around the football field come August, you’ll see plenty of new faces for the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears. But there will be at least one very familiar face.
TJ Jones is one of just a handful of seniors on this year’s Fairmont Senior team, and he’s hoping to go out on top.
WVU, N.C. State to meet in football
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The Mountaineers are scheduled to play N.C. State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.
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Season ticket packages and VIP parking for the 2014 Fairmont State University football season are now available for purchase.
Several options are available, including the opportunity to purchase a piece of Fairmont State history.
Pirates jump on Haren early, top Dodgers, 6-1
Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on Dan Haren early in a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Harrison’s two-run double down the left field line capped a four-run outburst in the first against Haren (8-8).
Berner, Hess lead W.Va. Open
Threatening weather did not strike Wednesday, and it was a cool, breezy start to the 81st West Virginia Open played on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.
WVU, Tennessee finalize 2018 meeting
West Virginia University and Tennessee have finalized their season-opening, Sept. 1, 2018, meeting in Charlotte, N.C., at Bank of America Stadium.
Both teams will receive $2.5 million for the game and have a chance to earn up to $3.2 million with ticket incentives.
Each team will buy 12,500 tickets and set aside 2,000 of its allotment for students.
The game, played on the home field of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, is being put on by the Charlotte Sports Federation.
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You can almost sense, as you watch West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen sit before the gathered Big 12 media contingent answering questions in the Omni Hotel in Arlington, Texas, that he senses his program has reached a turning point.
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“Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been my dream to play professional baseball,” Fleming said. “It is still surreal that I get to chase my dream, but I am ready to get after it. I loved my three years at WVU and want to thank all the coaches that made it possible for me to achieve my dream.”
Trickett’s play key factor for Mountaineers’ success
In the end, it comes down to the quarterback.
Always has with Dana Holgorsen, always will.
Quarterback is the offense with the West Virginia University coach. When he does well, the team wins – almost always.
When he does poorly, the team doesn’t stand much of a chance.
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