Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Scores turnout at Farmwell Station Middle School to express their views on proposed professional sports stadium.
A proposal to permit a 5,500-seat ballpark in One Loudoun that would double as the home for both professional baseball and soccer teams is set for an April 3 vote by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Dozens of speakers and observers attended a public hearing Monday night at Farmwell Station Middle School to voice their support or concerns. Transportation and noise remained top concerns not just because of games, but also because of the 17 concerts that would be permitted each year, under the current proposal. One concern raised by supervisors were additional changes to the One Loudoun project that appeared to be only tangentially related to the stadium. “I feel a little taken advantage of in the process,” said County Chairman Scott …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Opponents are not buying assertions that Loudoun professional sports rely on a ballpark at the development.
As the Loudoun Planning Commission wades through a proposal to permit a 5,500-seat stadium in the One Loudoun development, the case supporters appear to be developing is that Loudoun could miss its opportunity to land two professionals sports teams. Opponents of the ballpark aren't buying it. Those against the park – whose concerns include noise, lights, traffic and the loss of planned office space – turned out along with supporters for a public hearing Tuesday night in Leesburg. Comments were pretty evenly divided. Opponents included residents of the Potomac Green and Ashbrook communities, and those concerns about the Blue Heron rookery nearby; but there were also supporters from Potomac Green. Supporters primarily included baseball and …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The new website comes as partners await necessary land-use decisions from Loudoun.
One Loudoun developer Miller & Smith and Loudoun Hounds owners VIP Sports have launched a website to promote the ballpark the two entities hope to build at the corner of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7. The 5,500-seat stadium would be home to the minor league Hounds professional baseball team as well as a new Northern American Soccer League team recently authorized in Loudoun. Supporters and opponents of the move of the ballpark from Kincora, along Route 28 at Route 7, to One Loudoun. Opponents have raised concerns about noise, traffic and the loss of commercial space at One Loudoun, while supporters say the stadium would be a net positive for Loudoun. With www.OneLoudounBallPark.com, the partners in the project hope to keep the public …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Land use changes required to move baseball park to One Loudoun goes to the ‘top of the pile.’
A comprehensive plan amendment and related land-use applications required to permit the move of the Loudoun Hounds planned stadium from Kincora to One Loudoun were moved to the “top of the pile,” as County Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) put it during this week’s board meeting. The Hounds recently announced plans to move the stadium because they would not be able to start playing in 2014 at the Kincora site. York said the move was mutually agreeable to all parties. Some residents have expressed concerns about the impact the minor league baseball team's stadium would have on transportation and the noise generated from games and other events that would be permitted. “I know they’ve got some concerns about transportation and noise. We’re …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Change of site for minor league's stadium may bolster competing "town center."
After delays pushed back construction of the Loudoun Hounds stadium — and the team’s inaugural day — the anticipated new minor league baseball team today announced plans to move its diamond up the road to One Loudoun, with sites set on a 2014 season. “Well, HoundsNation, in my last Inside Pitch I told you that our one and only goal is to open our ballpark in 2014,” said Bob Farren, the Hounds’ president and CEO, in a newsletter to fans. “I am happy to tell you that the accomplishment of that goal is looking very, very good.” The developers of One Loudoun, at Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, just to the west of the stadium's planned location at Route 28 and Route 7, were enthusiastic. “We’re excited,” said Bill May, vice president of …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The precursor to the Big League World Series runs July 5-9 at Foltz Field, Park View High School.
Monday, June 18, 2012
In case you don’t get your fill of thrilling sites in the sky on the Fourth of July, skydivers will present the game ball to participants in the Virginia State Big League Baseball Tournament in Sterling July 5. The Lower Loudoun Little League (LLLL) announced today that it will host the Virginia State Big League Baseball Tournament next month. The league hosted the Junior State Tournament in 2010. Organizers set the statewide tournament, created for players aged 16 to 18, for July 5-9 at Foltz Field and Park View High School, 400 West Laurel Avenue, in Sterling. The opening ceremony begins at 5 p.m. July 5 and is open to the public. A parachute team from Chambersburg Skydiving Center in Pennsylvania will present the game ball. “We are …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A limited number of orders are available for a few special Loudoun sweethearts.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Want to make Valentine’s Day special for your sports-loving sweetie? How about having Fetch, the Loudoun Hounds mascot, deliver a bouquet and other goodies? The Hounds have commissioned their loyal mascot to work delivery for Jerry’s Flowers & Gifts of Leesburg on Feb. 13-14. For the occasion, he’s been dubbed the “Quadruped Cupid” and will deliver flowers, gifts from LoudounHoundsGear.com to the first 20 people to place an order. Just call 703-669-DOGS(3647) during normal business hours by Friday, Feb. 10 to place an order. Be ready with your order and personalized message. Credit card orders only.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Loudoun’s future professional baseball team watches as 2012 first pitch slips away.
While backs were patted and obligatory shovelfuls of dirt were turned by elected officials Oct. 19, marking the start of construction on key roads in the Kincora development, a few people who have been anxiously awaiting the day stood at the back of the tent nearing the realization that their dreams – and those of numerous Loudoun residents – would have to wait another year. The minor league Loudoun Hounds officially announced two days later what some had begun to guess – the team would have to wait until 2013 to throw its first pitch. While the news may disappoint many in the community, it certainly comes as little surprise, considering construction on the stadium has not begun. Wednesday’s groundbreaking on construction of Pacific …