February 21st, 2019 | by CollegeAD

A new baseball stadium for Marshall University became one huge step closer to reality Thursday with the announced purchase of land from the Flint Pigments Group. Marshall and City of Huntington officials announced the $750,000 purchase, which took place Friday, during an event at the site on the north side of 5th Avenue and 24th Street. The first $500,000 used to buy the property came via Huntington’s winnings from the America’s Best Communities Competition in 2017. An additional $250,000 came from the Huntington Municipal Development Authority. Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said he expects the 3,500-seat facility to open in March 2021. Hamrick said bids for construction of the facility, which he estimated will cost in the range of $18 million to $20 million, will open in November, with a groundbreaking expected in March 2020. Hamrick and Mayor Steve Williams said the facility will meet NCAA specifications to host a regional and super-regional tournament and to serve as the home for a minor league baseball team. – Read More

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