“It is time for one more field,” Kay Epling told her husband Doug in 2007. A community minded entrepreneur, Doug was responsible for the construction of Flying Eagle Park at Woodrow Wilson High and the Douglas M. Epling Field at West Virginia University Tech.
Doug has been involved in baseball his entire life through playing and coaching. All three of Doug and Kay’s sons were involved in baseball while growing up in Beckley, West Virginia. Their son Tim, turned his passion into a career by becoming a professional umpire and starting the Upper Deck Baseball Training Center located in Beckley. Tim is now the West Virginia Miners Field Manager.
Kay credits her inspiration to build the stadium to God stating “this is God’s field and we are his instruments.” Funding the construction entirely with their own resources, Doug and Kay wanted to give back to their community. They had a vision to create a quality, wholesome experience where families and friends can gather. After breaking ground in 2008, the Eplings poured their heart and soul into the construction of the first-class stadium and the development of the West Virginia Miners Baseball Club. While the venue will serve as the West Virginia Miners home field, it will also house various events including the 2011 Prospect League All-Star Game. Kay selected four verses to show her gratitude for the opportunity her and Doug have been granted to be able to create a quality and unique experience for members of their community. These verses are etched into the wall of the stadium’s entrance to remind every visitor that God is the true inspiration for Linda K. Epling Stadium.