Cover Photo Shauntelle Thompson, The Parthenon
Morgantown, West Virginia – West Virginia citizens will foot the bill for a brand new Marshall Thundering Herd baseball stadium after Governor Jim Justice gave the school a huge paycheck.
Justice, 71, a Marshall University graduate, is the wealthiest person in the state of West Virginia with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion, decided to donate a huge sum of money to alma mater through state funding rather than providing the money through his own personal wealth.
Justice gave Marshall $13.8 million to complete the construction of their new on-campus baseball stadium.
“I heard you’re 13.8 million dollars short and I’ve got all the money right here,” Governor Justice said. “This has been a long time coming, and I am so proud to play a small part in getting this project across the finish line. They’ve been talking about building a baseball stadium since I was a brown-haired kid playing golf at Marshall back in the 1970s. Finally, it’s going to happen, and this community can get the monkey off its back.”
While a new baseball stadium is needed at Marshall, the state of West Virginia paying such a huge chunk of money for it is certainly questionable at best, especially since most of the taxpayers in the state are not Marshall Thundering Herd fans.
Justice can be seen below throwing out the first pitch of the site of the new Marshall baseball stadium. He tripped over the makeshift pitcher’s mound during the throw and almost fell to the ground. Watch below:
Gov. Jim Justice throws out the first pitch at the site for the new Marshall baseball stadium. He brought a check for $13.8 million-the needed funding to start the construction on a new stadium in October. pic.twitter.com/A3TSKJ1Zai
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