Baseball Boom In Morgantown

The New York-Penn League has just announced their plans for opening a team in Morgantown to share the new WVU baseball stadium

In an announcement on the New York-Penn website, several of the details spelled out accordingly:.

The yet-to-be-built ballpark will be located in the University Town Centre development, and will overlook the city of Morgantown and West Virginia University from the bluff above Monongahela River. The facility would be the home of the WVU Mountaineers' baseball team, a member of the NCAA Division 1 Big XII Conference, as well as a New York-Penn League franchise affiliated with a Major League Baseball club. Four New York-Penn League clubs currently share facilities with colleges and universities. The New York-Penn League's State College franchise, for example, is affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals and manages and maintains the facility it shares with the PSU Nittany Lions baseball team, a member of the NCAA Division 1 Big 10 Conference...

The ballpark is expected to start construction in 2014 and games in the minor league season as soon as 2015. Of course, Oliver has his fingerprints all over this.

"West Virginia University is very excited about the interest that the New York-Penn League has in the proposed baseball park at University Town Centre," said West Virginia University director of athletics, Oliver Luck. "The legislation authorizing the ballpark and a new interchange along I-79, which was authored by Senator Bob Beach, is moving through the West Virginia Legislature, and both college and Minor League Baseball fans are hoping that we will soon be able to celebrate its approval and hear the three best words in the English language, 'Let's play ball!'"

Ollie always did have a way with words.

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