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Baseball feasibility study begins

Public information meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Belpre

May 20, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Officials are beginning the feasibility study for bringing a minor league baseball team to Parkersbur....

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north26103

May-20-13 1:13 AM

MONEY WASTED

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HandeMan

May-20-13 8:20 AM

It's about time! Something needs to be done to bring some excitement to Parkersburg. There is nothing to bring people to our town. A Baseball team just might help bring some excitement.

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Factoid

May-20-13 8:23 AM

If you do the research the average attendance for independent league baseball games is roughly 2500. Maybe the feasibility study can tell us how long Parkersburg can maintain and independent team if the community can not draw 2500 fans to each home game.

People have to remember that the players are not local and are undrafted college players or one-time prospects who have been released by other teams.

I don't even see 300 fans attending a sectional baseball game between PSHS and PHS. So can the region fill a stadium with 2500 fans for a 50 home games schedule...hummm.

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IFHPED

May-20-13 9:56 AM

I go by the city park about everyday. When there is a ballgame there, no matter who is playing, there are plenty of available seats~~because no one is sitting in them!

The city spends a lot of money on tarps, bases, sod, etc., for a ballfield (Bennett Stump Field) that has games only a few people attend.

The city tried a similar idea once, and it failed miserably. If it does come to fruition, better have some traffic control~~cars will be colliding with the hundreds of bicyclists on the bike route that leads to the park.

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boogie

May-20-13 1:09 PM

This would be a huge thing for the area. I don't see a problem getting 2,000 people for each home game. This is going to be the whole area not just Parkersburg that will come to watch games. Fort Boremen is the perfect place as well. Traffic away from town & the exit right off 50. This stadium could be used for concerts as well. A hotel would likely come in along with a few restaraunts. We have nothing here to do except going to the mall and eating. Go to Wheeling,Charleston,Huntington and they have plenty to do. I know quite a few folks that drive to Charelston to watch a minor league games. We need this Parkersburg!

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Suttle

May-20-13 4:45 PM

This is a terrific, a minor league baseball team would go a long ways improving the quality of life here in the MOV. Not only would a minor league baseball team be an added attraction for new businesses to locate in the valley, but it would also be an added activity that families could do things together. A minor league sports team would encourage kids to be involved in team sports and help shape their lives in positive ways. I hope the mayor and other city leaders will be successful in their efforts...Our communities will be so much better for it!

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Factoid

May-20-13 6:05 PM

Would like to remind the community that this is not minor league baseball.

Again, the players are undrafted college players or one-time prospects who have been released by other teams. Unlike Charleston, which is a low A minor league affiliate of the Pirates, an independent league team is not affiliated at all with major or minor league baseball.

Hopefully the facility can generate other opportunities as concerts and such. And hope that local youth teams do not have to pay a ridiculous amount of rent to be able to use the facility.

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Geezer

May-21-13 4:15 AM

Has there ever been a feasibility study that didn't agree with the viewpoint of the group paying for it?

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objective

May-21-13 7:09 PM

Build it! We will come.

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RANDOM21

May-21-13 10:57 PM

What will be the draw when the season's over? A year round multipurpose facility combined with retail outlets and restaurants would make more financial sense.

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