The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

February 21, 2010

Season ticket success could lead to more seats

Prospective fans of the West Virginia Miners have a say in the growth of Linda K. Epling Stadium.

As it stands now, premium seating capacity at the new stadium is 1,200. That only accounts for tip-up seats with arm rests and drink holders. General admission seating increases the overall capacity.

But, Miners owner Doug Epling could expand premium seating if need be.

“If season ticket sales warrant it,” general manager Mike Gilligan said, “we would add more by opening day.”

The Miners will make their home debut June 5 against the Slippery Rock Sliders.

Season ticket packages for premium seats are $175. Packages for general seating are $125.

Individual seats on days of games are $8 for premium seats and $5 for general seating.

Season tickets are on sale now by calling 304-252-7233 (SAFE) or in person at Upper Deck Training Center at 476 Ragland Road from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also visit the team Web site, www.wvminersbaseball.com.

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The Miners are still in need of host families for the players this summer.

A limited number of families within the Greater Beckley/Raleigh County area who would be interested in hosting 1-2 collegiate athletes for the summer are being sought. These “Miner Families” must provide a bed, as well as a packed lunch for most days. The Prospect League will take care of all transportation and dinner costs.

Ideally, families would live no farther than 45 minutes away from the stadium.

Gilligan said some families have already stepped up, but more are needed.

“All minor league communities do this,” Gilligan said. “This would be ideal for someone who has a second home or an additional bedroom, or somebody who has kids who want a big brother.”

Also needed is an overall host mother to look out for all the players.

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