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Potomac Nationals Stadium Coming to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

Stadium will be a privately funded venture; first pitch could be thrown in Spring 2014.

Officials announced Tuesday morning that a new Potomac Nationals stadium would be built at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge on Opitz Boulevard across from the hospital. 

The 6,000 to 7,000 seat stadium will be privately funded, Woodbridge district supervisor Frank Principi said. When completed, the stadium will bring in more than $200 million in private sector investment, said a press release from the county. 

The first pitch at the new stadium could be thrown in Spring 2014, he said.

"This location here in Potomac Town Center truly makes this a preferred location," Principi said.

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Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said the Commonwealth of Virginia has already voted to put forward $15 million for a structured parking lot of 1,000 spaces. 

"An important amenity in the project would be a new commuter garage built using state transportation funds, lands dedidcated to public use and constructed by the Prince William County Transportation Department," said the release from the county. "The garage would offer commuter parking to Prince William residents who use the transit serving the garage or carpool using HOV or Express Lanes." 

The stadium will offer year-round events to residents and tourists, said the press release from the county. 

"Not only will this be one of the nicest stadiums in the country," said Potomac VP/General Manager Josh Olerud, "this is a community facility that will increase the lifestyle of all residents in Prince William County."

Art Silber, owner of the Potomac Nationals, and Chairman Corey Stewart both said that the stadium project would not be happening if it were not for the VDOT-funded garage.

Silber announced his intent to invest over $25 million for the construction of a new stadium. 

But "this is not a done deal," Principi added, saying he was planning a series of town halls on the project in the future. 

"There are still a significant amount of engineering studies, environmental studies, that will have to be done, not the least of which is getting financing for the stadium and/or naming rights," said Principi to Patch. "And that doesn't happen overnight. So we're going to need some time to work through those issues and to make sure the public gets their fingerprints on this as it goes forward."

"While those studies are being developed the public will get to ask their questions and provide their comments and in the process make it an even better project for the community," said Principi.

Principi told Patch that in the next three to six months there will probably be a memorandum of understanding signed between the parties.

"I'm not sure the county would sign that, it would be between the developers and the baseball team," said Principi. "We've got to get a move on." 

"Welcome to the new Woodbridge," Principi said. 

"This is a project where you have total cooperation between government entities and a wonderful developer," Silber said. "We want to make this the social, athletic and entertainment center and we're going to do that in a fiscally responsible way." 

Stewart said the board been working on this new stadium location since he was first elected as a supervisor in 2003.

Silber said the team

"We are at the beginning steps of our discussion with the community," said Richard Lake from PTC Roadside Development LLC, the management company. "This is a project of the community, for the community, by the community." 

The county announced a press conference on Monday for the news. The press conference was held at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center outside of and , where

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John S Gray CPA July 17, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Response to Kev C: I don't see how these spots are less than a 1/2 mi to Potomac Mills. My point, which I missed making, was that the commuters parking here will just be the those now parking at the Telegraph Road lot. I don't see this as taking 1000 cars off 95. I could be wrong, but that was my 1st impression. And this isn't close to a VRE station. I agree taking the PM spots was not good and the Counties solution, to park at the Baptist Church, was a ridiculous response. This article states the stadium is a $200 million investment, yet the WaPo reports it as $70 million. Big difference to reconcile. I really would like to see the economics justifying this as $15 million of our precious state tax transportation dollars are going here, plus the County Transporation Dept will be involved. Thats your and my tax dollars being used. I'm skeptical.
suzanne malone July 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
A 7,000 seat stadium should certainly ease the already congested traffic situation..
PWC Resident July 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Not sure why people in general look for the negatives. 1- Entertainment development is a good thing. I can not see how it would impact home values negatively. StoneBridge is a positive impact on the area, retail, restaurants and now entertainment, all make it a desireable area in a well planned area. 2- Parking deck is great, takes up less space, and has dual use. I have no idea but there may be street parking as well, plus parking near wegmans side lot. I definitely see myself having dinner in Stone Bridge and walking over to game. 3- The team will impact on 70 days (mostly evenings) including weekends, which will draw the larger crowds (if you can say large). Minor league baseball in this area has not drawn tremendously. 4- My main concern is this has been a very slow process (probably due to multiple parties being involved, hopefully they can keep it on the time schedule they show otherwise Nationals could pull their team from here. 5- I'm sorry but the fireworks are not that big of a deal, I would imagine they may just stop that promotion if they have to. Also when you buy into a new development (Potomac Club) you can't turn around and say theres too much development. It's like people who buy near an airport and try to reduce the number of flights because it's too noisy. Good smart development is good for the county, it attracts business, it make communities desireable.
Lauren Jost July 17, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Good question, Terry. We'll look into it.
Lauren Jost July 17, 2012 at 06:50 PM
For reference, here's what John is referring to regarding First Baptist Church: http://dalecity.patch.com/articles/county-terminating-lease-at-first-baptist-will-open-lake-ridge-lot
Lauren Jost July 17, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Joe, I don't have that information, but we can try to find out.
Lauren Jost July 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
John, Just saw your note about a WaPo article. Here's where we got the $200 million in investment from the press conference (this was distributed at the conference): http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/oem/PressRoom/Pages/NR-20120717-Press_Conference.aspx The team's owner, Art Silber, intends to invest over $25 million for the construction of the new stadium. Just want to clarify.
Kev C. July 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Understand and I see your point. The actual location of this stadium is really less than an 1/2 mile from PM. I'm not making this up. I live right there. But it's great to get your point of view. Usually strong opinions leads to rifts. Thanks for your insight. For the record, I am skeptical also as you stated that it's our tax dollars may be used. I also think it is a great idea and opportunity. Just hope it is planned well and the surrounded infrastructure improve.
Kev C. July 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Thanks for coming to my rescue PWC Resident, could not have said it any better. :)
c. f. July 17, 2012 at 08:50 PM
first i think its one of the best things that ever happened in prince william to bad it wasnt 15 or 20 years ago,and second if you can clean up route 1 from occoquan bridge to quantico prince william would look like a county.
Tik July 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I love the idea of the stadium being right across the street (I live at Potomac Club). When I bought at Potomac Club, I did my research and knew about the development of the apartments, hotels, office buildings, town centers, etc. I've heard all of the complaining about continued development in the area--but if you've been to Opitz/95 you HAVE to know immediately that it is a mixed use area ripe for development. Of course the housing values will increase--not just because of the stadium, but because of the development up Route 1/I-95--hotels, education, office buildings, restaurants, apartments, retail, etc. Potomac Mills is apparently getting a face lift, NOVA is expanding, Sentara is growing--it's a booming area. If you want quiet, move out West or farther south--but Neabsco Mills is being urbanized--this will not be a sleepy, quiet community but a vibrant multi-use "city." Great news for those who bought at Potomac Club!!!!
Lauren Jost July 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
So for those of you that live in Potomac Club, are you looking forward to a more walkable "evening out" of sorts or will you be looking to get out of Dodge when the stadium is built? Interesting conversation going on here.
Kev C. July 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Here's the thing Lauren, When most people and I will go on a limb here to say about 99% of those that walked into Potomac Club community to look at a model home and express interest in buying, they knew what was coming the down the pipelines. If anything, they knew of Stonebridge. I've lived in my home in since 2008 and was privy to such information, if not all the recent proposals and approvals but most. If you moved into Potomac Club after I did, you definitely knew of the booming development that is in process and coming in the future. If not told by the developer themselves of your home, you should have done some due diligence like myself and most people did. Potomac Club was developed as a over arching plan to compliment Stonebridge. Wegmans, one of the most successful Grocery chain in the Northeast and upscale at that, was not signing onto such development if the facts was presented and some of those facts included Potomac Club, surrounding and future neighborhoods. It's by design why the community is literally across the street from Stonebridge. It's so we can look forward to walkable "evening out". Toby Keith is a huge deal, PF Chang's is a huge deal, REI and Sport and Health. So these restaurants, retail and lifestyle venues wasn't a clear indicator of what was coming? Woodbridge has been dying for such vibrant community. We're finally getting it and some still complains. You cannot please everyone but this is part of what we signed up for.
Kev C. July 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Sorry if my thoughts are all over the place. It's hard getting you point across at times on you iPhone
Bill Petrak July 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
This stadium is BAD, BAD news. I live at Potomac Club and this area is way over built. We have Stonebridge (which is great), the hospital complex, a 1000 town homes/condo at Potomac Club, a new Medical building across the street, 500 apartments nearly finished down the street and mor apartments going in at Stonebridge. 95 only goes North at Opitz and it is usually a mess anyway. We have sidewalks in Woodbridge that go nowhere and a budget deficit on pension plans for our county workers. It will cost us $25 million and word is our taxes are going up in PWC. Traffic will be a nightmare. Take a look around. The infrastructure has not kept up with building. All so we can see a minor league team game. I have been to Pnats games before and the stadium (which is totally fine) has tons of empty seats. Not everyone likes baseball anyway. Bad, Bad idea.
len July 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Personally, I think this is a great thing. As a resident of Potomac Club having a ball park right across the street is perfect for when I have friends or family over. Will it negatively impact traffic, probably, but lets be honest, traffic is a nightmare already! Plus, i can walk to this venue, so i won't even need to get into my car. I also think that all this development has to have a positive impact on home prices in the area. People want to be able to walk to twon centers for food, shopping and entertainment. If you ask me, all the boxes are being checked. The one thing i would say is that Neabsco Mills will become more busy with vehicular traffic and with so many kids likely to be moving back and forth across that road, i think the county is going to have to take a good hard look at building a pedestrian bridge over Neabsco. I think this is something that should be brought up at any public hearings.
len July 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Bill, you didn't happen to build your condo/townhouse in Potomac Club, did you? Cause if so, then you have contributed to the area being "way over built."
Kev C. July 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM
len, I agree with you and Ilike the pedestrian bridge over Neabsco but with ne exception, Where is it going to connect? Do you mean a bridgfe coming from the community to Stonebridge? Sounds a bit sketchy but I like your train of thought.
len July 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Kevin, Tried to respond to the thread above but it would not let me. Anyway, your point about where to place such a bridge is well taken, its something i have been thinking about as well and have been unable to figure out. I would argue that engineers and developers could likely fabricate something. The bridge does not necessarily have to flow right into Potomac Club but I would argue a bridge by either one of the lights would be an area for good placement. I hate to be morbid but people will complain about the cost until the first kid is hit and then they'll be an outcry to do something. Just trying to get ahead of the curve and tragedy but I don't have the engineering knowledge or know how to comment on exactly what that bridge would look like or how it would be built. I think its a stretch but its something that should be put on the radar in my opinion.
Lauren Jost July 18, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What are your biggest concerns/points of interest regarding the new stadium? http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/speak-out-potential-problems-with-new-potomac-nationals-stadium
Kev C. July 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Len, Trust me, I'm all for what you have stated. I've never thought deep into an actual commuter bridge which is why it was refreshing to see your comment. There were many times that would either walk or drive to PTC and said to myself, why isn't there more pedestrian crossing points or crossing points at all the lights. There is a total of two crossing points. Now the Pedestrian cross buttons may be in place so there is a possibilty of it being added but I was always baffled by the current set up. Your comment are the types of comments that should be stated, looked at and address and the perfect forum for such would be these "Series of Town Hall Meetings" has scheduled regarding the Stadium Development.
len July 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Kevin, I'll do my best to make it to the Town Halls, at least start the conversation. I appreciate the encouragement. Probably see you at the meeting!
Tik July 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I absolutely agree--a pedestrian bridge is essential. I LOVE the idea of the stadium being right across the street. Of course, I think I'm among the few who viewed the area as mixed use and ripe for development when I bought at Potomac Club--I anticipated traffic, noise, etc. But it comes with local (walkable) access to Wegman's, entertainment, medical services, etc. The pedestrian bridge would absolutely help--that was my first comment when I moved to the area--"We need a bridge to Wegman's!" :-)
Lauren Jost July 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Great discussion, everyone! Love seeing the suggestions flow.
Bill Petrak July 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Len, We bought our townhouse in Feb of 2007. Potomac Club was part of the plan revealed by the developer and builders. We were briefed on the Town Center and the hospital was already there. We were excited about the Town Center. Everything else was a lie. People who bought when we did were led to believe that was all that was being built. Some people (not us) bought near the gate and paid $450K + for their homes only to find out a few years later that a medical building was being built right outside their back door. The same people will be hearing the roar of a crowd during games if this stadium is built. Our county has voted to raise our taxes for the next five years (reported online), but we are spending $25 million for this stadium...really. Our taxes are projected to go up 4% a year. Is this a good idea?
Bill Petrak July 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM
To all reading this blog. May I humbly suggest you read the blog of the Sheriff of Nottingham at: http://sheriffofnottinghampwc.blogspot.com/ It may open your eyes to what is happening financially in Prince William County.
Doris July 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Your are kidding me my commute to DC from Dumfries is already 2 hours this will probably make it 4 hours. THANK YOU PWC POLITICIANS! !!
Marcia Wheatley August 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I'm sure the patients at the hospital are going to love it when the first fireworks go off. They'll be diving under their beds.
Eve September 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
This move has positive and negative aspects. Rt.1 is being partially widened, but I do not think it will be enough. We need to attract business to the county so that people do not have to travel so far for employment. I urge you all to attend the Civic Association meetings and give your input/feedback on ways to improve the county.
Patty June 10, 2013 at 08:14 PM
We want jobs in Prince William County so my commute won't be more than an hour in a half

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