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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Potomac Nationals propose new $25-million stadium in Woodbridge


The scene at Pfitzner Stadium for a Potomac Nationals game on June 26. (Bill O'Leary)
The Class A Potomac Nationals announced plans Tuesday to build a new 6,000 to 7,000-seat, $25 million-stadium closer to Interstate 95 in Woodbridge. The Potomac Nationals’ current facility, G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, has a history of poor field conditions with drainage issues, which some believe prevented Nationals rookie Bryce Harper from playing there as he made his way through the minors last season.

The Potomac Nationals, a Washington Nationals minor league affiliate, have long sought a new facility to replace Pfitzner Stadium, a deteriorating, county-owned stadium where they have played since 1984 that sits near the county government office complex, about 10 minutes west from the highway. Over the years, several plans fell through for a new stadium, including a renovation of their stadium.

On Tuesday, Potomac Nationals owner Art Silber, along with state and county officials, announced the new stadium, part of a $70-million public-private partnership which is proposed to be added to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, a retail and office development center just off exit 158 in Prince William County. Metro reporter Jeremy Borden covered the news conference for The Post.

The Virginia Department of Transportation would invest approximately $15 million, which has already been approved, to build a new parking structure that would have about 1,000 spaces and serve as meeting point or carpooling commuters. District-based Roadside Development would invest about $30 million in site and infrastructure work as a part of its burgeoning Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. The Potomac Nationals would pay for the construction of the stadium.

Pfitzner Stadium was known to have drainage issues, particularly in right field, where rainouts often occurred on sunny days following rainstorms. Some within the organization believed it was a factor in Harper’s promotion from Class A Hagerstown to Class AA Harrisburg last season, skipping Potomac. At the time, General Manager Mike Rizzo denied that Potomac’s field conditions were the reason.

The stadium propose proposal will still need a series of community meetings and likely an approval vote by the Board of County Supervisors.

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