Fundraising Underway for MSU Baseball Project

Published 04/17 2013 05:40PM

Updated 04/18 2013 10:29AM


Midwestern State University officials continue their fundraising campaign to bring baseball back to the school.

During Tuesday's Wichita Falls City Council meeting, leaders approved up to $300,000 of 4B Sales Tax Corporation money to help fund the construction of a baseball field.

The field will go in the vicinity of Nocona Trail and Council Drive.

Officials say the 4B money will only account for 10% of the funding for the project.

So far, more than $2 million in donations have been raised for the MSU baseball project.

School officials say once its up and running it is expected bring up to 150 additional people to MSU and pump about $11 million into the local economy.

"You have just from Midwestern State University 30 plus games. We're talking about the possibility of minor league. We're talking about local high schools. We're talking about other high schools coming in for playoffs. So, we are really committed to making this park a continuum, if you will, of activity," says Dr. Howard Farrell, a vice president at MSU.

Dr. Farrell says the total project will carry a price tag of $4 million and be complete in late 2014.

The last time MSU had a baseball program was from 1946 to 1960.

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