Potomac Nationals announce site of new ballpark

WASHINGTON — A Nationals minor-league affiliate is making a move with the announcement of a new stadium that will be built in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Potomac Nationals, the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals, will have a new  home in the Celebrate Virginia development, just off I-95. They’ve been playing at the Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, since 1984, but that stadium doesn’t fit the requirements for Minor League Baseball, according to a team news release.

“We have been seeking a site for a new facility for several years, have expended hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process as our current facility falls far short of meeting the basic stadium requirements of Minor League Baseball,” the release said. “For several years we have been playing under a waiver from Minor League Baseball.”

The waiver has been extended through the 2020 season, but the team hopes to be in its new home at the beginning of that season.

This new stadium was announced in a letter of intent in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg for a “state-of-the-art” ballpark.

“Our objective is to provide the finest Minor League baseball experience for the millions of people that have come to our games since we started as the Alexandria Dukes in 1978,” the release said.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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