Marshall University is set to unveil plans for a new ballpark on Thursday, a major step in the long-running pursuit of a permanent baseball facility.
There have been discussions off and on over the years about building a new Marshall baseball facility in Huntington, WV (as our archives below reflect). Over the last few years, Marshall has been pursuing a new ballpark that would be constructed at the Flint Group Pigments Plant property, and an announcement at the site on Thursday afternoon should provide info about the university’s plans for a new baseball facility.
That event will include an announcement on the acquisition of the site, along with other details. More from The Herald-Dispatch:
The Huntington Municipal Development Authority, the City of Huntington, Marshall University and Marshall Athletics scheduled a special announcement regarding the purchase of the Flint Group property, the planned site of the new ballpark, at an event at 3 p.m. Thursday.
“I am very happy to be working with Mayor Steve Williams, (Marshall) President Jerome Gilbert and the Huntington Municipal Development Authority on a tremendous project,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said.
Hamrick invited Big Green Scholarship Foundation members, Marshall supporters and the Tri-State baseball community to attend the announcement that will take place on the property which runs north along Fifth Avenue and from east to west on 24th Street in Huntington. Refreshments and snacks will be served….
Additional information regarding plans for the site, the launch of the Herd Rises fundraising campaign and the Marshall baseball program are also to be announced Thursday.
Marshall has long sought a permanent home for its baseball program, which has commonly used multiple venues for home games over the course of a season. Baseball will play the vast majority of its home schedule this season at Kennedy Center Field in Huntington, which has received some improvements in order to be a viable temporary solution. Home games this season against Virginia Tech and West Virginia University will take place at Appalachian Power Park, the home of the West Virginia Power (Low A; Sally League) in nearby Charleston.
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