Fairmont State University President Maria Rose has sent a letter to West Virginia University expressing interest in exploring the possibility of sharing a proposed baseball stadium.
Plans have called for the stadium to be built at the University Towne Center in Monongalia County. 12Sports learned of Fairmont State's interest in a phone interview with FSU Athletic Director Rusty Elliott on Tuesday.
Elliott said President Rose sent the letter on behalf of Fairmont State and it is simply a letter of interest. FSU is just looking to explore an option. Elliott said he believes the next step would be a meeting between interested parties, but noted that the stadium itself is still just a proposal
Elliott said President Rose wants the best facilities for FSU students whether it is athletically or in the classroom. The letter sent to WVU expresses Fairmont State's interest in looking at the option of playing baseball at a state of the art facility and it states that Fairmont State staff is interested in sitting down to talk about it. Elliott said if this is what's best for FSU baseball, it will be explored farther.
Elliott said in terms of baseball stadiums in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Fairmont State ranks in the middle. The Falcons play at Mary Lou Retton Park in Fairmont. Elliott said the field is in good condition and sits in a good location. Fairmont State wants a great experience for every student-athlete and exploring the avenue of another playing field is an attempt to enhance that experience. Elliott said if there is a possibility of playing at a multimillion dollar facility a short distance from Fairmont, FSU would be remiss to not inquire about playing there.
Again, the new stadium is not yet a guarantee. Talks of the facility began when WVU became a member of the Big 12 Conference where current member schools have baseball facilities that far exceed Hawley Field in Morgantown.
The Fairmont State baseball landscape will change within a year, no matter where the Falcons play. FSU announced on Monday that it is part of a group of nine WVIAC schools that will break off from the conference and form its own.