Naming Rights to New Potomac Nationals Stadium Expected by April
It’s come down to just two companies negotiating with the Potomac Nationals for the naming rights for Minor League Baseball team’s new stadium in Woodbridge.
We just don’t know who they are.
We do know, however, whatever name goes onto the soon-to-be-built 6,000-seat stadium now slated to open in 2016 instead of 2015, it will be there for at least 10 years.
“We’re really close to the one that puts us over the top which is the naming rights deal,” said team owner Art Silber.
The stadium’s new name should be announced within the next 60 days, he added.
The stadium will be located behind Wegmans at the Potomac Town Center. Silber says it will be one of the few stadiums every built with private funds. A new $15 million, 2,800 space parking lot to be built next to the stadium will be paid for with public funds, and commuters will be able to park at the garage during the day and clear out by evening game times.
The Potomac Nationals, fresh off their franchise attendance record of getting nearly 237,000 fans to come out to their current home at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge during the 2013 season, on Sunday night talked about the upcoming season in 2014.
At the team’s annual Hot Stove Banquet in Fairfax County Sunday night, new team Field Manger Tripp Keister was introduced, who comes to Woodbridge after he was promoted from the Class A Hagerstown Suns in Maryland.
There will also be new additions at the stadium this year for hungry fans. New menu items for the 2014 season include spicy chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers, funnel cakes, and crab cakes, said Potomac Nationals Vice President and General Manager Josh Olerud.
The Potomac Nationals had 84 wins last season and came in 4th in Minor League Baseball. The team is affiliated with the Washington Nationals.
Photo: Potomac Nationals Team Owner Art Silber speaks at the team’s annual Hot Stove Banquet.