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As Harper skips Potomac, Silber works on ballpark solution

Potomac NationalsThe Washington Nationals say the decision to promote Bryce Harper to Class AA Harrisburg Senators and not to High Class A Potomac Nationals (Carolina League) had nothing to do with the condition of Pfitzner Stadium — a ballpark desperately in need of replacement.

P-Nats owner Art Silber and Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, have been talking new ballpark since last fall and say they have a financial plan in the works for a new ballpark, according to this local report:

The county is currently looking at a location along Interstate 95 that would give the stadium much better visibility and accessibility than its current location, Stewart said. He added that the county will not directly finance the new stadium, but that the team will finance it by selling the naming rights.

“In order to keep the team and make sure that the business of the team is even more successful in the future, we’re going to need to construct a new stadium in a more visible location,” Stewart said.

The goal would be to have a new ballpark ready for 2013; the plan should be unveiled later this month. Of course, this is a familiar refrain to P-Nats fans: a new ballpark has been just over the horizon for years now.


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