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Fredericksburg hears ballpark report, takes no action

Hagerstown SunsThere wasn’t much to report after the Fredericksburg (Va.) City Council met last night to review a feasibility report on baseball in the city: the closed-door session failed to generate any action.

Read MoreThe council met to review a report from consulting firm Brailsford & Dunlavey on the viability of professional baseball in the city. The report isn’t secret — you can view it here — and its enthusiastic about the prospects of Class A baseball, citing a dense population and a strong demographic profile as two measures of potential success for a professional baseball team.

That’s all well and good, but the real call to action will be when discussions turn to financing a ballpark. The estimate is that a new ballpark, probably at the Celebrate Virginia site, would cost $28 million or so. Right now Brailsford & Dunlavey is conducting a study of potential revenue sources. Owners of the Hagerstown Suns (Low Class A; Sally League) have offered to meet with the city about a new ballpark.

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