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PLAN: BUILD SUPPORT, THEN STADIUM page 2
Where would baseball stadium go?


Date published: 8/16/2012

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Celebrate Virginia also has a Wegmans grocery store, something it shares with the Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center development in Woodbridge. The Potomac Nationals recently chose that development as the site for their new $25 million baseball stadium. The team will pay for the cost of building the stadium on land donated by the developer. That project will also include a 1,000-space parking garage that will be financed by the Virginia Department of Transportation, as well as new office space and homes, Inside Nova reported.

Jud Honaker, president of commercial development for Silver, believes Celebrate Virginia could be a logical site for the stadium, potentially even on the land where the U.S. National Slavery Museum was going to be built. But he said it will take a lot of public-sector resources to finance such a stadium--whose costs are projected to be similar to those for the one in Woodbridge, not including the land. Individual area localities will need to work together and all contribute, he said.

Kelly pointed out that the state of Virginia recently provided financial assistance to keep the Washington Redskins in Northern Virginia, and to get the team to move its training camp to Richmond. Hence there is precedent for state support of such projects.

Local organizers also plan to solicit financial support from the business community for advertising, naming rights and other revenue generators. It's also possible that stock could be sold to individuals.

Local organizers have visited the Waldorf, Md., stadium that is home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and are working with ballpark developer Opening Day Partners. The Blue Crabs are in the independent Atlantic League, which is looking to expand. That team's stadium was paid for by state, local and private funds in roughly equal parts.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com


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