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Harper Skips P-Nats, Officials Moving Toward New Stadium

With more attention being drawn to problems at the Potomac Nationals' Pfitzner Stadium, the team and Prince William County are looking at options for a new stadium.

Prince William County baseball fans were disappointed this week when they found out the most hyped prospect in the Minor Leagues would not be playing at the Potomac Nationals.

The Nationals organization promoted phenom Bryce Harper from low Class A Hagerstown to AA Harrisburg on Monday, bypassing the high A P-Nats. Though the club said the decision was made to give the 18-year-old Harper more of a challenge, it has drawn attention to poor conditions at the P-Nats' Pfitzner Stadium.

Now Prince William County is working with the team to address some of the issues at the stadium for the short-term while working out a deal to build a new stadium in the longer term. 

Corey Stewart, chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, said the team and the county Park Authority have already cooperated to fix some problems with the infield and expand the clubhouse. "The recent problems have been with regard to the field and the potential danger that poor condition of the field poses to expensive players," Steward said.

"The team has already made substantial repairs to the field in order to try to bring it up to a standard that was playable," Stewart said. "There’s some distance to go, and how we parse those costs out needs to be worked out."

Stewart said the team provides important sales tax revenue, jobs and convenient family entertainment for Prince William County. He said the county is pushing to get a new stadium for the team built in Prince William County by the 2013 season.

The county is currently looking at a location along Interstate 95 that would give the stadium much better visibility and accessibility than its current location, Stewart said. He added that the county will not directly finance the new stadium, but that the team will finance it by selling the naming rights.

"In order to keep the team and make sure that the business of the team is even more successful in the future, we’re going to need to construct a new stadium in a more visible location," Stewart said.

MikeC July 08, 2011 at 12:16 PM
IMO, Building a new stadium along I95 would be a mistake. It's gridlocked now most of the time through Prince William County. And with no public transit available to get there, I would not go to any games.
Lauren Jost (Editor) July 08, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Thanks for your input, Mike. What do you think the more viable solution is?
Christopher L Potvin July 08, 2011 at 06:16 PM
I think this would be a great move for the team and a good decision by Prince William County.
dave duryea July 11, 2011 at 12:52 AM
I think the team should move to Fairfax County and build a stadium on the grounds of the old Lorton Prison.
Lauren Jost (Editor) July 11, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Thanks for your comments, Chris and Dave.
justin July 17, 2011 at 02:04 AM
they should move near the battlefields in wpwc
c.f. September 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM
first off p-nats season is from april to september.2nd hot lanes will be done in time for the baseball season.3rd you wont be missed if you dont go to any games go to d.c. and watch the nationals if you think you can do better.

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