The Legend

The Legend

Friday, April 10, 2015

Grand Opening!

Tonight I will be attending WVU's first baseball game in the brand new Monongalia County Ballpark. I'm hoping a more creative name will come soon, but that might be better than some weird company sponsor. The opening is occurring about a month late as bad weather put the project behind schedule. The original opener had WVU matching up with Waynesburg college to commemorate WVU's first ever baseball game. Now that we are so far in the season that game could not be rescheduled. WVU's opponent tonight is Butler.

What I'm most excited about is the West Virginia Black Bears who will begin play in June and will be sharing the stadium with WVU. The team is affiliated with the Pirates and will be part of the short season New York-Penn League. Nice that they incorporated WVU's blue and gold.



Here are some pics of the stadium taken by the University for a press release today. Hopefully I'll get some good in person pictures tonight.

As you will be able to tell their is still a ton of work to do outside the stadium. The parking lots won't be done until next year as well as the landscaping.





One of the nice aspects of the stadium is that you get a nice view of the countryside as the backdrop.

The stadium is only about 5 minutes away from my house so it should make for something to do when I can't make it up to Pittsburgh for the Pirate games.

Thanks for reading.

16 comments:

  1. Very nice. I hope you enjoy the game. That is a nice looking stadium. I am hoping when the Missouri Tigers get a new stadium that a minor league team will come in (even if its an independent league). Joplin is getting a team this year, I'd like to make a trip down there on a minor league baseball trip (Joplin, Springfield, and NW Arkansas would be a good trip).

    Missouri's capital which is about an hour from my home is trying to raise money for a stadium to bring in an Independent team, I hope they succeed.

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    1. We have an independent team about 30 miles north of us that draws pretty well. They do a good job marketing to families which provides a much cheaper alternative then heading to the Pirates game.

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  2. that's a great looking ballpark, I bet it will fantastic to catch a game there on a sunny day.

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    1. It has a perfect backdrop of our town and the landscape.

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  3. Will probably be a launching pad or a death sentence for homers depending on wind. Gets pretty windy up their at times.

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    1. The wind was blowing out last night but it was also cool. Only one homerun in the game.

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  4. If anyone there needs a good construction lawyer to handle the costs for the delay, well, you tell them to call me. :-)

    That's a beautiful park, definitely. Should be a great place to see a game.

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    1. Maybe you should send me your business card. I want a cut!

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  5. Very nice.
    Unfortunately I won't get to see the Black Bears in SI this year but the good news is that the SI Yanks do play the Black Bears in VA this year for three days in July. Although that won't be good for the Bears.

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    1. But they don't have LUISSSS this year :(

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  6. I like the sports turf. I've seen a couple of games on that stuff and it plays pretty well. 5 minutes from the house? Take advantage!

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    1. It looks kind of funny, but it plays much more natural than traditional turfs. No crazy hoppers or anything like that. The grounders seemed to get to the infielders pretty fast.

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