The Potomac Nationals inched closer to a new baseball stadium, clearing a possible hurdle Tuesday night that the team’s owner said could have forced the team to relocate out of the area.
Prince William’s board of county supervisors decided against a referendum that would’ve allowed voters to decide whether to use $35 million in bond money to help build a new stadium for the P-Nats. The board was split 4-4, so the measure failed.
The county supervisors agreed in March to a nonbinding letter of intent with the Washington Nationals’ Class A affiliate in which the county would build the stadium and the team would pay back costs over the course of a 30-year lease. Opponents have expressed concerns that taxpayers would be on the hook for the stadium if the team isn’t able to fulfill its lease terms.
Team owner Art Silber said he faced a deadline from Minor League Baseball to find a new home for the P-Nats by 2019 and says plans for a new stadium need to move forward this summer. Waiting for a referendum in November would’ve pushed the project back, Silber warned, forcing him to sell the team.
The team is hopeful the board of supervisors will give final approval for the new stadium next month.