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Mercer Co. Board of Education hears plan to transfer stadium ownership

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MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

The Mercer County Board of Education heard a proposal, Tuesday night, from the city of Bluefield which would grant ownership of Mitchell Stadium from the city to the school system.

Bluefield city manager Dane Rideout outlined a plan that would give the county school board full ownership of the stadium and its use.

Rideout says the 82 year-old stadium is in the best shape it's been in, in decades.

He says it's time for the city to get out of the stadium business, but wants the stadium to stay in Mercer County hands.

Rideout says the stadium has been a profit-neutral endeavor for the city, but would like to relinquish ownership of it so the city can shift its focus to providing other services to Bluefield residents.

There was no real vocal opposition to the proposal at Tuesday night's meeting, and the board says it will begin researching the facility and it's operating budget, before moving forward on a decision.

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