The Washington Nationals' Class A Carolina League affiliate in Woodbridge officially changed its name yesterday from the Potomac Cannons to the Potomac Nationals in an announcement that included preliminary details about the construction of a baseball stadium in Prince William County scheduled to open in 2007.
The team also unveiled a new logo and colors that are similar to those of its parent club. The logo contains the word "Nationals," in the same style lettering as the D.C. team, outlined in red and blue in front of a baseball and two crossed bats.
"We feel that it's obviously a significant marketing opportunity for us to let everybody know that we are affiliated with the [Washington] Nationals because we are so close," team chief executive Arthur Silber said.
The Nationals' new caps are navy and feature a white "P" with blue and red trim and a red, white and blue flag streaming across it.
Silber and Sean Connaughton, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, both said yesterday that construction of a baseball stadium near Pfitzner Stadium, the team's ballpark, is expected to begin sometime later this year. The team and the county park authority signed a stadium agreement several years ago that stipulates the county and the team split the construction costs, Connaughton said.
"Funds that cover the debt service were already included in the county's  budget," Connaughton said. "It's not going to be any additional cost or impact on Prince William County's residents."
The board of county supervisors hopes to finalize an exact site in the coming months, and construction would begin shortly thereafter, Connaughton said.
One of the stadium designs being considered, according to Silber, is a replica of D.C.'s old Griffith Stadium.
"We want to do something that is unique, and yet is a positive statement for us and Prince William County," Silber said.