Department of Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby wrote a letter of support for the project.
"A facility of such high caliber will provide the University an opportunity to bolster state and local revenues by attracting additional groups, thereby bringing in new visitors to the area," Sec. Ruby said. "Each year, Marshall University’s baseball team hosts more than two dozen home games which create a significant impact on the local tourism economy by bringing in thousands to the community who stay in local hotels, as well as visiting local eateries and shops. Enhancing these spaces and amenities will provide the University an even greater opportunity to drastically increase the overall economic impact."