Talk of a new Potomac Nationals baseball stadium near Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center has been in, and out, of the news for some time. (See team information and game times.) Recently, County officials and team owner Art Silber have been exploring proposals for getting the team into a new home–something that Minor League Baseball (MiLB) has said must happen by the end of the 2018 season, as Pfitzner Stadium, built in 1984, no longer meets their standards.
Without County support, the team would likely move to North or South Carolina. One proposal includes the County preparing the land for use, and working with the Industrial Development Authority to issue $35 million in municipal bonds, which the Nationals would pay back over the course of a 30–year lease. The team would also be responsible for the ground lease payment, $450,000 annually, owed to the property owner, JBG. VDOT recently announced it would fund the construction costs of the stadium parking garage, estimated at $21 million, which would double as a free commuter lot for area residents who slug, carpool, vanpool, etc.
“Deciding what, if any, role the County should play in the stadium/parking garage project is a very long, complicated process, and we’re committed to asking and answering the questions about whether we, as a community, should do this,” Supervisor Principi said.
Based on a preliminary assessment, the State of Virginia could be poised to fund a parking garage for a proposed Potomac Nationals ballpark near Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Virginia. (more…)