Wooden's World of Baseball

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Update on Loudon County Ballpark

Much to my surprise, I saw an item today that the Atlantic League has committed to the investors that are trying to build a ballpark in Loudon County. While far from a done deal, it's an interesting commitment to make when there's a much larger fish to be landed in Richmond, where that Atlantic League is also offering to spend $28M in a massive renovation of The Diamond.

As always, I'll be rooting for more and closer options, especially since Potomac's affiliation only runs through 2010 and if there's one thing I'm certain of, it's that if the Nationals leave NOBODY will replace them at Pfitzner Stadium. Not even a summer college league.

The idea of a new stadium in Woodbridge is pretty damn close to dead, so it'll have to be nearly 100% privately financed, given Prince William County's parsimony. And it certainly won't be financed via a sponsorship, as has been floated in the past. But I won't linger on it. If it happens, it happens.