Opponents of One Loudoun Stadium Launch Website

Noise, traffic, safety and process are all cited as concerns by the group.

The planned minor league baseball Loudoun Hounds and an as-yet-unnamed North American Soccer League team both plan to kick off their inaugural seasons in 2014 at a stadium that technically has no home. And a new website by the group No Stadium on Route 7 aims to stop the move of the stadium the teams plans to share from Kincora to One Loudoun.

Delays at the Kincora site led the owners of the Hounds to the move the stadium to One Loudoun, but that move requires land use approvals from the Loudoun Board of Supervisors. The board recently agreed to expedite the land use review to keep the stadium on track.

The website (http://nostadiumon7.org/) describes No Stadium on Route 7 as a group of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who oppose the move to One Loudoun based on a series of concerns, including noise, traffic, safety and the expedited process.

As currently depicted, the stadium would be located at the corner of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, serving as a corner anchor for One Loudoun’s commercial area.

The stadium owners also hope to win state permission to charge a tax on stadium patrons that would help fund construction. If approved, the stadium would join the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse, which is now under construction at One Loudoun.

Eric November 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Minor League baseball is GREAT for the community traffic is minimal. There is no better way to spend a great night out with the family at a low cost
Bob Teeter November 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Dylan you are right. The perception that this a gigantic STADIUM is incorrect. Its a community-sized ballpark.
Brambleton76 November 14, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Soccer may be the most popular sport in the world, but not in USA. While I love soccer, I think having a second rate league franchise in Loudoun will be disastrous. The amount of money to build a stadium, the roads, traffic will be unbearable, especially for folks living in Loudoun One subdivisions. The fill soccer stadiums for home games will be a challenge i believe. DC United have a super hard core following in the NOVA/DC area, and they will go to RFK. I doubt NASL can match the level of play, attract top talent like MSL, thus, the interest in this team will be low.
SeasonedCitizen November 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Bob, Dylan, & Eric, please do some research. Bob Farren, owner of the Hounds has been stating publicly for years that he wants his stadium to be a local Jiffy Lube Live and now that he is being challenged he says that he will host "symphonies". The permits are for a 10,000 person stadium with 5,500 fixed "infield seats". That is a big difference from a typical minor league stadium. His own website states that they are aiming for 200 events per year by year three, and the transportation board made him go back and re-do all of their traffic studies when it was being built at Kincora because they were using a best case scenario of 3.4 people per car. They came back with 1.2 people per car for a 10,000 person event. You guys are smart so do the math and see how many cars that equals. The bottom line is this thing has never been about baseball, they aren't even part of the Atlantic League yet. It is about a very large multi-use stadium and shady back-room deals with the current Loudoun BOS. Farren & company contributed a cool $65K to York and his fellow board members. Nobody protested it going in over at Kincora, they could avoid a fight altogether and some bad publicity by simply going back to the original location.
Dan A November 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I find it 'interesting' that when you go online to look at the rezoning application, they are asking for the maximum height restrictions that are now at 45 feet be increased to 175 feet. Hmmm, that's one tiny little ball park? If my math is anywhere near correct, that equates to a 17 story building. What exactly is going to be built on this land after it get's rezoned for a little old ball park?


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