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New Fredericksburg Ballpark

The New Fredericksburg Ballpark is a multi-purpose stadium being built in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The stadium will have 5,000 seats, a 300-seat club facility, and 13 suites.[3] The estimated cost of the stadium is $35 million.[2] In 2020 it will become home to the Fredericksburg Nationals, a minor league baseball team of the Carolina League and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals.[6] The stadium will also host a variety of community athletic and social events.

New Fredericksburg Ballpark
New Fredericksburg Ballpark is located in Northern Virginia
New Fredericksburg Ballpark
New Fredericksburg Ballpark
Location in Northern Virginia
New Fredericksburg Ballpark is located in Virginia
New Fredericksburg Ballpark
New Fredericksburg Ballpark
Location in Virginia
New Fredericksburg Ballpark is located in the United States
New Fredericksburg Ballpark
New Fredericksburg Ballpark
Location in the United States
Address42 Jackie Robinson Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22401[1]
LocationCelebrate Virginia South
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Coordinates38°19′15″N 77°30′30″W / 38.32083°N 77.50833°W / 38.32083; -77.50833Coordinates: 38°19′15″N 77°30′30″W / 38.32083°N 77.50833°W / 38.32083; -77.50833
OwnerPotomac Baseball, LLC[2]
OperatorPotomac Baseball, LLC[2]
Executive suites13[3]
Capacity5,000[3]
Construction
Broke groundFebruary 24, 2019[4]
Built2019–2020 (planned)
OpenedApril 23, 2020 (planned)[5]
Construction cost$35 million[2]
Tenants
Fredericksburg Nationals[1]
Website
www.milb.com/fredericksburg/ballpark

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Potomac Nationals, playing since 1984 at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, began seeking a better ballpark at least as early as 1998,[7] with various proposals made in 2000,[8] 2002,[9] 2005,[10] 2010,[11] 2011,[12] and 2016.[13][14][15]

Meanwhile, Fredericksburg worked with the Hagerstown Suns in 2013 and 2014 on plans to relocate that team for the 2015 season,[16] but those plans fell apart.[17]

ApprovalEdit

In June 2018, Potomac Nationals owner Art Silber announced that he had signed a letter of intent to build a new stadium in Fredericksburg that would open in April 2020.[6] In November 2018 the Fredericksburg city council unanimously gave final approval for the Silber family, doing business as Potomac Baseball, LLC, to finance, build and maintain the stadium with the city as an "anchor tenant" making an annual payment to the club of $1.05 million for 30 years.[2] The team held a contest to rename itself[2] and announced on October 5, 2019 that the team would be renamed the Fredericksburg Nationals.[1]

ConstructionEdit

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 24, 2019,[4] but construction work had not begun as of May 20, 2019.[18] A month later it was announced that site work would begin in July 2019.[19][5] In August 2019, the Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Office released a video of earth being moved at the construction site.[20] On September 25, 2019, general manager Nick Hall said, "We're 100 percent planning on opening April 23, [2020,]" and that the first concrete could be poured as early as the next week.[21]

Though plans call for the stadium to open in 2020, the team's deal with the city actually calls for the facility to be ready for public events by April 1, 2021.[18]

The Potomac Nationals played their last regular season game at Pfitzner Stadium on August 29, 2019.[22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c LoMonaco, Joey (October 5, 2019). "Fredericksburg minor league baseball team unveils new name". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved October 6, 2019. In a nod to Silber’s idol, the stadium’s street address—the only building on a new road—will be 42 Jackie Robinson Way.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jett, Cathy (November 13, 2018). "Fredericksburg finalizes $35 million stadium deal with Potomac Nationals' owners". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "P-Nats Announce First Fredericksburg Ballpark Founding Partnership". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. July 9, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Spedden, Zach (February 26, 2019). "New Fredericksburg Ballpark Breaks Ground". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Baron, James Scott (June 24, 2019). "Work on Fredericksburg baseball stadium to begin soon". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Hambrick, Greg (June 26, 2018). "Potomac Nationals announce plans for Fredericksburg stadium". InsideNoVa.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Shear, Michael D. (March 21, 1998). "Cannons Aim for Stadium in Fairfax". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Eggen, Dan (November 1, 2000). "Cannons Set Sights on Fairfax". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Weiss, Eric M. (July 4, 2002). "Stadium Deal to Keep Cannons in Pr. William". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Campbell, Rich (February 14, 2005). "Cannons Make Name Change; New Stadium Also Will Be Built for the Potomac Nationals". The Washington Post. p. D04. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Reichard, Kevin (September 27, 2010). "P-Nats, Prince William County working on new ballpark plan". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Buske, Jennifer (August 1, 2011). "Aging Potomac Nationals' stadium field to get a makeover". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Koma, Alex (December 14, 2016). "Potomac Nationals, Prince William County nearing stadium agreement". InsideNoVa.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Koma, Alex (December 30, 2016). "New Potomac Nationals stadium construction may face hurdles". InsideNoVa.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Rist, Hugh (February 16, 2016). "Potomac Nationals face 2018 deadline for new stadium". InsideNoVa.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Freehling, Bill (October 1, 2013). "Hagerstown Suns apply to relocate to Fredericksburg". Business Insider. Fredericksburg.com. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  17. ^ Gould, Pamela (November 25, 2014). "Baseball deal out in city". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Spedden, Zach (May 20, 2019). "Could Fredericksburg Ballpark Open in 2021?". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Fredericksburg Ballpark Site Work to Start Next Month". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  20. ^ "Moving dirt at the baseball stadium site in Fredericksburg". Fredericksburg Today. August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  21. ^ LoMonaco, Joey (September 25, 2019). "Fredericksburg Baseball confident in being ready for 2020 season". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  22. ^ Murillo, Mike (August 30, 2019). "Thanks for the memories: Potomac Nationals play last regular game in Prince William Co". WTOP-FM. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  23. ^ "Corredor's Bomb Drives P-Nats to 5-1 Victory". MiLB.com. Potomac Nationals. August 29, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.