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November 3, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers director of athletics Oliver Luck on the field before playing the TCU Horned Frogs at Milan Puskar Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia Baseball Stadium Getting Boost From Minor League Baseball

This week, various outlets have reported that there is strong interest in bringing a minor league baseball team to the Morgantown area. WVUSports.com reports that the New York-Penn League, a high-end  short season single A minor league baseball league, has interest in bringing a team to Morgantown to compete in the proposed new West Virginia University baseball stadium.

For reference, here is what the proposed new stadium will look like:

The affiliation with the New York-Penn League would be a major benefit to West Virginia University. The minor league baseball team would assist with the operating costs and maintenance of the proposed new stadium, relieving the Mountaineers athletic department of some of the financial burden.

The partnership also brings significant tax breaks from Monongalia County for the construction of the ballpark as well as the road infrastructure work needed to support the additional traffic the stadium would bring in.

Construction of the new stadium is set to take place over the next two years and should be ready in time for the 2015 season.

You have to hand it to AD Oliver Luck for finding a finance partner for the new stadium project. This way, the baseball team can play in a Big XII-caliber stadium without having to fork over all the costs associated with one.

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