FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Fredericksburg will host minor league baseball starting in 2020.

On Tuesday, Fredericksburg City Council approved the development and shared use agreement with the Potomac Nationals for the team to move.

A $35 million stadium will be built at Celebrate Virginia South by the Potomac Nationals with the City of Fredericksburg considered a tenant, paying $1.05 million annually over 30 years.

“It’s really providing something for the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the region, to kind of rally around to enjoy,” said council member Matthew Kelly. “We will be having concerts. We will have theater events.” 

Revenue from the multipurpose stadium will cover the costs for the city.

“It’s going to generate significant tax revenue and use revenue for the city,” said Bill Freehling, a member of the Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism. “Which will allow us to make our contribution to the project without using general fund revenue for it.”  

An official name for the team has not been announced but it will include Fredericksburg.

“We’re big Nationals fans here in Fredericksburg and we have a lot of citizens who have been looking forward to getting a strong minor league baseball team,” said Fredericksburg Mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw.

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