"Generally speaking, there are obviously things that everyone needs to bring to the table, so to speak," Hayes said. "We don't believe the TIF is going to build our stadium completely, so there's going to be some expectation that the minor-league club participate and West Virginia participate."
A price tag is too hard to determine until the groups meet with a criteria developer who will help configure plans that meet the vision for WVU and the New York-Penn League, but also specifications required for a minor league ballpark.
The Mountaineers, who are playing Big 12 Conference home games in Charleston and Beckley this season, don't plan on having the stadium ready for the 2014 season.
Parsons said WVU has a two-year contract with the ballparks in Charleston and Beckley, but can exit it for the second year if the proposed stadium is ready. The New York-Penn League is hopeful the process concludes quickly enough to begin play in June 2014.
Who plays in the stadium near the Star City exit off Interstate 79 is unknown. A team will be selected and then submit a relocation application to the league, which has to be approved by the league's board of directors, O'Conner and the commissioner's office.
"We don't take relocations lightly," Hayes said. "The communities we serve and that host us are fantastic communities and some have been with us from the inception of the league in 1939. Some cities have not been able to maintain development through time and regressed somewhat economically and that has affected operations.
"We do have two or three clubs that could relocate. It's not a lack of clubs. It's finding a good place we want to call home and we believe we have found that."
Keeping the stadium busy and the surrounding area lively will be a key. WVU would play home games in March, April and May and Fairmont State has begun discussions to play games at WVU's stadium. There are possibilities the West Virginia Conference could play its tournament there and that an NCAA regional and American Legion games and could also visit.
There's more than baseball to consider, though.
"It's an opportunity for other events, as well," Hayes said. "The one thing minor league operators do very well is utilize their facility throughout the whole year, whether it be for concerts or other type of events, like corporate outings. There is always a desire to use the facility to the fullest."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.