Fredericksburg Baseball will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 24 for the organization’s $35 million multipurpose stadium in Celebrate Virginia South.

The Silber family, Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw and members of the City Council will join others who helped bring the Potomac Nationals from Woodbridge. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the stadium site on Carl D. Silver Parkway next to the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center.

"The goal is to have the main players in the project recognized there," said Mike Weisman, the club's director of local corporate partnerships, broadcasting and media relations.

Following the short ceremony, there will be a program highlighting those key players in the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center ballroom. Light refreshments will be served, Fredericksburg Baseball will have merchandise for sale, and there will be information on both the Booster Club and corporate sponsorship opportunities.

"This is a great day for Fredericksburg," said Greenlaw. "We really look forward to baseball and all the other lovely events that will be held in this stadium. We welcome the Fredericksburg Baseball team and the Silber family."

Team owners Art Silber, daughter Lani Silber Weiss and son Seth Silber issued a statement in which they called the groundbreaking "a great opportunity to share our excitement and plans for the new stadium with the community, and recognize the incredible support from the City, fans, and sponsors who have turned this dream into a reality.” 

The goal is to have the park ready by April 2020, when the Carolina League season opens. The team has not announced its new name, but has said "Fredericksburg" will be part of it.

The Silber family is financing the stadium, and the city is considered an “anchor tenant” in exchange for an annual payment to the club of $1.05 million for 30 years. The agreement gives the city exclusive use of the stadium for up to 183 days each calendar year for such things as high school, college and amateur athletics, as well as concerts and other major events.

In addition, the council approved an agreement negotiated with the Celebrate Virginia South’s owners association for a $105,000 annual payment to the city for 30 years in exchange for marketing exposure at the stadium and throughout the city.

The groundbreaking event will be the final chance for fans to join the Founders Club, which gives them priority seat selection for full-season tickets, a special gift and invitations to exclusive Founders Club events.

Both the groundbreaking an indoor program will be free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required, but are appreciated. To RSVP for the groundbreaking event, or for more information on the event, the Founders Club, or Fredericksburg Baseball, visit FredericksburgBaseball.com.

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