MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck is proposing a $2.3 million land purchase for a new baseball stadium near Morgantown, and the Board of Governors will consider it Thursday.
The Dominion Post said Luck is eyeing 7 acres near the University Town Centre that is currently owned by a private developer.
The three-story, $16 million Mountaineer Ballpark would be funded with tax-increment financing.
WVU, Fairmont State University and the New York-Penn League have expressed interest in playing there. Luck has also said the stadium could host youth baseball events and concerts.
Discussions about who will handle daily operations are continuing, but Luck said in an email to the newspaper that WVU will likely assume the responsibility.
The developers plan to award a contract this fall and start construction in December. They're also planning about $5 million in preliminary road and intersection improvements near the Granville shopping center.
When the stadium is done, developers would build a $24 million exit along Interstate 79.