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Old 06-07-2013, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Marshall Baseball Stadium, Industrial Revitalization Has Local Interest | Huntington News
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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Good story.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:29 AM
 
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Found this old (Feb 1999) Feasibility Study for the possibility of a baseball stadium and minor league team in Huntington from Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research.

http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/cber/R...ll%20Study.pdf

In short, it says that this could certainly work despite past experiences. The study shows potential sites, revenue, ect. Please take with a grain of salt as some information is "old" as I mentioned. For example, some of the possible sites for the stadium are already being used in some other fashion. It's still quite interesting though.

There is A LOT of other good information to reference.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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Upon further reading, this study says that there should be no problem with a minor league team being located in both Huntington and Charleston as well as having both teams being in the same league (i.e. South Atlantic League), as the WV Power only has territorial rights within Kanawha County. This is assuming that nothing has changed in the past 14 years, which is entirely possible.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Since 2 of the potential sites they mentioned in the study have now been either developed or not currently viable, it would be interesting to have a new study conducted just to identify a few more possibilities.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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That is an interesting read. Hopefully they will make some movement on this development and it will come to fruition. Too many former studies still sitting on the shelf with no results to show for it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:33 AM
 
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Council OKs Fairfield West plan - The Herald Dispatch

The Fairfield West plan was approved by the City Council.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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Charleston and Huntington are separate markets that do pull from an overlap in Teays Valley but there are enough people on the outer edges that each could fulfill a separate niche for minor league baseball. Each did for years with little difficulty.

With regards to state championships and conferences, that is a competitive process that whichever city puts the best package together when the contract is up, wins. Nothing is ever a given with any such event. Wheeling often bids on all of the state tournaments as each one is a nice little boost to the local economy. I think if Huntington becomes more attractive in this regard, it only helps us.

Even outside of state championships, the Huntington Hounds could have a nice tournament at the field each year as could the local American Legion team (both summer baseball) or even the high school teams. The civic arena here could even work with the Huntington Prep Express to bring a nice prep tournament here and to even play some of their games there if they would focus more on using the basketball court they purchased from the old field house which used to be Marshall's. In fact, St. Joes just moved their tournament to the civic arena this past year. If they would be creative like this, it would only be good for the city.
There would bound to be some damage done to Charleston in this scenario, but I do believe it would work. We will be getting a minor league team in Morgantown, located just 45 miles from another one in Washington, PA and nobody there seems that concerned about it. I don't think Huntington's major problem will have anything to do with the team in Charleston. The primary stumbling block will be getting enough private investors into the picture to make the whole project worthwhile and sustainable long term. If they can convince the big money guys to throw $200 million behind the development effort, success would be virtually guaranteed. If you're just going to have government throw millions of dollars at a project, or even a TIF arrangement where only funding generated from the location would pay for it, then the long term prognosis for success would not be nearly as good. You have to have private interest demonstrated to really make it worthwhile.

There is nothing like a half empty stadium built with public funds to show how inadvisable was a project, but if it is certain to be surrounded with new businesses and development, and that is assured before the project is undertaken, then it makes perfect sense. If they use their heads in such a venture, they will be getting the guaranteed private support in place first. If they just focus on getting somebody to build a stadium for them, it might well be another ho hummer with little long term benefit.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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The primary stumbling block isn't investors, it's the guy who owns the best location wanting about 5x more for his property than it is worth.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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The primary stumbling block isn't investors, it's the guy who owns the best location wanting about 5x more for his property than it is worth.
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