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Potomac Nationals to get new stadium in Woodbridge

Wednesday - 7/18/2012, 3:56am  ET

Longtime Potomac Nationals fan Jonathan Pick of Woodbridge had to see it to believe it. (WTOP/Kristi King)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) - Virginia and local officials say they have a deal with the owner of the Potomac Nationals to build a new minor league ballpark for the club in Woodbridge.

The plans announced Tuesday call for a 6,000- to 7,000-seat stadium off Interstate 95 in the Potomac Town Center development.

The Nationals, a Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, currently play in an older stadium and have been looking for years for a new ballpark site.

Details still need to be finalized, but the plan calls for team owner Art Silber to invest $25 million in construction of the ballpark, and the Virginia Department of Transportation to spend $15 million on an adjacent, 1,500-space commuter lot.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2014.

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