There is growing buzz in Monongalia County regarding the potential new baseball stadium in Morgantown. West Virginia University made it clear from the beginning it would love the opportunity to play its home games there. A new facility is needed for the Mountaineers to meet certain Big 12 standards, including locker rooms at the stadium.
WVU is not the only interested tenant. Fairmont State University Athletic Director Rusty Elliott said FSU President Maria Rose sent WVU a letter expressing potential interest in using the stadium as well.
The potential lessee's of the stadium does not stop there. The WVSSAC may be interested in looking into the possibility of using the stadium for regional or sectional tournaments as well as perhaps the state tournament, which is currently played at Power Park in Charleston.
Morgantown would try and attract a minor league baseball team to occupy the stadium in the summer. There are two kinds of minor league baseball, affiliated and unaffiliated. Affiliated minor league baseball means that the teams playing in that league are affiliated with major league organizations.
The New York-Penn League appears to be a potential interested party. That is a short season single-A affiliated league that plays from the middle of June to the end of July.
Don't count out the potential for summer concerts to occupy some time inside the stadium. American Legion games could also be played there as well.
All of this is good news for WVU and those who support the construction of a new stadium. The more suitors there are to use the space, the more events there will be and the more money fans of these events will spend at area businesses.
Money is a driving factor in many decisions, especially political ones. The more opportunity there is to infuse money into the Monongalia County economy, the more likely it is to become reality.
There will be a public hearing on the new TIF district, which includes the new baseball stadium on June 27 in Morgantown.