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Neighbors get first look at new Potomac ballpark

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Proposed Potomac Nationals ballpark

A community meeting designed to introduce a proposed Potomac Nationals (High Class A; Carolina League) ballpark to Woodbridge residents yielded about what you'd expect: comments about traffic and fireworks.

The Nationals are proposing a new ballpark at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, an existing retail development, which is close to the high-end Potomac Club, Between 25 and 30 residents showed up to a public forum, and although some Potomac Club residents reacted poorly to the prospect of a ballpark in the area, the folks who showed up were a little toned down in their comments.

Part of the reason for that: the ballpark really shouldn't heavily impact the Potomac Club, given its design: the ballpark will be part of a larger project that includes a parking ramp with direct access to and from I-95 and its express lanes both ways. The Virginia Department of Transportation is building that ramp, one that's needed in Prince William County anyway. There may be some issues regarding access for fans walking up to the ballpark, but those can be easily addressed.

Another reason for the lack of outrage from residents: Owner Art Silber is paying for ballpark construction, so no public money will be used for that facet of the project. 

If things proceed to move forward, the new ballpark could open for the 2014 season.

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