Speak Out: Potential Problems With New Potomac Nationals Stadium

Do you have a concern or complaint about the new stadium coming to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center?

After county officials and local developers announced yesterday that the new Potomac Nationals stadium would be built at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, readers expressed concern that the 6,000 to 7,000 seat stadium and 1,000 space parking garage would decrease quality of life in the area by adding to the noise and traffic in the area. 

"If I had known this was in the works I would not have bought my condo in Potomac Club - I was tying [sic] to get away from the weekly noise of the fireworks which shook my home in Westridge and scared my animals," Joyce Pieritz . "Now I'll probably not be able to sell my condo because of stdium [sic] noise and traffic. Bad placement."

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Commenter Marie Terry wondered how the new stadium might affect (formally Potomac Hospital) operations.

"I also notice on a daily basis that the hospitals medivac flys [sic] directly over the path of the proposed stadium location. I wonder what impact this would have on the medivac's flight path. Lots of things to discuss and work out before they decide if this is the right place for the stadium. A great place would have been on the other side of 95 where they are building the new museum!" Terry  in the comments of the preview story for the July 17 press conference announcing the construction of the stadium.  

Do you agree with Pieritz or Terry? Do you have a different concern? Are you happy about the new stadium's construction? Leave a comment. We will pass on any questions, comments, and concerns to Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi. 

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Kev C. July 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Soooo. Are you saying that those of us that bought a home in one of these new communities are Dumb? I can elaborate more on your comment but hey, what's the use. Way to be objective!
Scott M August 09, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I own a business on neabsco mills road and I am wondering if the rest of neabsco mills rd will be widened to route one prior to completion of a new stadium? It has been on the books to widen "forever".
John Bonich August 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I haven't seen this covered in any of the news sites yet. As of last night the cost to PWC taxpayers thus far is 5 million dollars, thanks to the Board's generosity with our- oh, sorry I mean the county's "carryover" funds.
East PWC Resident September 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I live about 4 miles from Stonebridge by Leesylvania Park and I think the new stadium location is a great idea and a wonderful addition to Stonebridge. With the new bars and restaurants going in it the stadium will absolutely help to complete the town center.
Clator Butler September 20, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I do support the growth of Woodbridge, but traffic planning has to be better than it has been in the past. With plans to build the new stadium at Stonebridge, what will be done to help ensure that we relieve, not worsen, this already-congested area during evening rush hour? For 4 years I commuted just between my home off Cardinal Road and the Rippon VRE station. This mere 6.5 miles would usually take around 10-15 minutes in the morning, but was typically more than 30 minutes in the afternoon. This is due to the immense amount of traffic on southbound US 1 from Dale Blvd to Triangle that the bridge expansion over Neabsco Creek did not improve. I maintain the stance I made to the Board of Supervisors before that project broke ground: The intersections with US 1 and Cardinal Road, Neabsco Mills Road, and Dale Blvd/Rippon Road should have been converted to cloverleaf intersections to keep traffic moving. The addition of a 10,000 seat stadium in this neighborhood, offering sporting events that will begin in the waning hours of rush hour(s), will increase evening rush traffic tremendously. It must be a REQUIREMENT to solve old and new traffic congestion problems in order to obtain a green light, or else the long-term benefits of this project will fail. PWBOCS, please do not take the traffic situation lightly. You will add to the misery of stressed-out commuters who will ultimately move elsewhere, thus crippling the more day-to-day stable economics of the area.


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