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Parkersburg continues ballpark debate; Ripken Design reportedly interested

Frontier LeagueParkersburg (W. Va.) officials held a third public meeting about a possible new ballpark for an independent Frontier League team, with Ripken Design expressing interest in the planning process.

Crowds were small for the three public meetings, and many of the concerns were what you’d expect: whether public money should be spent on a new ballpark and why Bennett Stump Field, the high-school field where a Frontier League formerly played, was not adequate. Tax-increment financing — not general funds — is the answer to the first concern, while the lack of a beer and clubhouses at the high-school field makes it unsuitable as a professional site.

The next step for Parkersburg: a feasibility study, and that’s where Ripken Design was mentioned. Time is of the essence: the Frontier League is looking at expansion for the 2014 season.

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