Frontier League owner to visit city

PARKERSBURG – An owner of a Frontier League baseball team will be in Parkersburg next week to talk about organizing a franchise here.

The Parkersburg Baseball Committee, studying a stadium and a club, is inviting members of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley to a discussion by Stu Williams, owner of the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things, at noon Feb. 4 at the Blennerhassett Hotel.

Williams will talk about his experience at Consol Energy Park in Washington, Pa., and the prospects of bringing a baseball team to Parkersburg.

Mayor Robert Newell and members of the baseball committee will be available to answer questions about Phase II of the study and steps thereafter.

The committee, organized through the Wood County Development Authority, has completed Phase 1 of the study to determine community support. Three potential stadium sites have been identified at Fort Boreman Hill, the Parkersburg Business Park and the site closest in convenience to downtown Parkersburg, Sixth Street behind Tim Hortons.

Fort Boreman Hill was the site most-often identified for a new baseball stadium, particularly after the West Virginia Army National Guard nixed it for the location of a new armory, preferring land adjacent to West Virginia University at Parkersburg instead.