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More hearings slated for new WVU ballpark

Proposed WVU ballpark

Two more hearings are scheduled for a discussion of a proposed new Morgantown ballpark for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and potentially a Minor League Baseball team.

The hearings are set for tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m. at 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Monongalia County Commission. The issue before the commission: whether to move forward with tax-increment financing for University Town Center, which would contain the new ballpark. No public money would be committed to the project. Right now West Virginia is the main tenant in the building, but Athletic Director Oliver Luck has made overtures to the short-season NY-Penn League for a team.

The Monongalia County Commission has already voted 3-0 to move ahead with a tax-increment-financing plan for a new ballpark. Planning can begin, but there’s no rush: the West Virginia Legislature must sign off on the plan something this summer if a ballpark is to happen. A 2014 opening is envisioned if there’s final legislative approval.

Image courtesy of West Virginia University and Designstream.

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