MORGANTOWN (AP) -- The West Virginia University Board of Governors has given its blessing to a $2.3 million real estate deal that will help create a new baseball stadium near Morgantown. Athletic Director Oliver Luck plans to purchase 7 acres near the University Town Centre from Mon-View LLC. The $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.
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.