Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

December 13, 2012

W.Va. county OKs baseball stadium TIF districts

MORGANTOWN — A proposed baseball stadium in Morgantown just cleared a key hurdle.

The Monongalia County Commission approved a tax-increment financing plan Wednesday night to help support construction of the three-story Mountaineer Ballpark and stadium.

The plan to create the sales and real estate TIF districts now must be considered by the Legislature, which convenes in February.

The Dominion Post says the commission’s vote was unanimous.

President Bill Bartolo says the plan is for more than a sports complex; it’s also for a new interchange and development off Interstate 79 near University Town Centre.

West Virginia University would play baseball at the park, and a single-A minor league affiliate has expressed interested in placing a team in Morgantown.

Fairmont State University has indicated it, too, might like to play games there.

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