Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Supervisors OK stadium for Loudoun Hounds and Virginia Cavalry FC; teams shooting for 2014 seasons.
UPDATED: Changes are in italics. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a 5,500-seat ballpark at One Loudoun Wednesday night. The request came to move the ballpark from Kincora to One Loudoun because of delays at Kincora. Supervisors expedited the request in an attempt to keep the Loudoun Hounds, a professional baseball club, on track for a 2014 season. The Virginia Cavalry FC, an expansion team with the North American Soccer League, also plans to call the One Loudoun ballpark its home. The conditions of the approval permit 12 fireworks displays per year, and those displays must end by 11 p.m. In addition, 17 concerts are permitted, and those concerts must end by 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. on holidays and 9…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A series of tests determined one potential impact of the potential One Loudoun stadium on residents and the nearby heron rookery.
With the Loudoun Board of Supervisors set to vote April 3 on an expedited review of land use changes at One Loudoun that would permit a ballpark for professional sports and community events, supervisors participated in tests Friday to test the impact fireworks displays will have on residents and a heron rookery. The tests seemed to indicate that passing airplanes and trucks produce more noise than fireworks. “The loudest sound we detected over there was me trekking through the brush,” said County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large), referring to sounds tests at the rookery. “Seriously.” Traffic and noise have been the primary concerns raised about the proposed ballpark, and fireworks were one aspect of the noise issue. When initially …
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 …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The proposed Loudoun Hounds/Virginia Cavalry FC ballpark proposal at One Loudoun is scheduled for a board of supervisors hearing tonight at 6 p.m.
Loudoun residents are invited to speak tonight about the proposal to permit a 5,500-seat stadium where concerts could also be held at the southwest corner of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors scheduled the public hearing – which begins at 6 p.m. at Farmwell Station Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Parkway in Ashburn – which is closer to the ballpark site than the county boardroom. The proposal is intended to serve as home field for two anticipated professional sports teams – the Loudoun Hounds professional baseball club and the Virginia Cavalry FC NASL Soccer team – and has earned many supporters and many opponents. Documents related to the proposal can be found on the county’s website. The Loudoun Hounds …
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 …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Opponents and supporters of the proposed One Loudoun stadium at One Loudoun organize.
The proposed stadium at One Loudoun that would serve as home field for professional baseball and soccer teams goes to a public hearing before the Loudoun Planning Commission today, and both supporters and opponents plan to express themselves. One Loudoun developers Miller & Smith and North American Sekisui House LLC requested the land use changes to permit 5,500-seat stadium at Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway after delays at the Kincora development to the east forced the Hounds to consider alternatives. The team once had hoped to start play in 2012, but now is targeting a 2014 start. Some residents who live near the proposed stadium site, particularly those in Potomac Green have formed an opposition group called No Stadium on Route 7, …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The mascot for the the minor league baseball team set to play in 2014 will once again offer his delivery services for Valentine's Day.
Still trying to figure out what to get your sweetie for Valentine's Day? Does he or she like baseball? Let the Loudoun Hounds' mascot, Fetch, deliver your flowers from Jerry's Flowers of Leesburg. The minor league baseball team won't take the field until 2014, but Fetch will take your orders in the meantime. And while Fetch remains available, he's limited to 25 orders, so get yours in today. Deliveres will be made Feb. 13-14 and are available to homes and businesses throughout Loudoun County. To place your order for the Hounds Have a Heart, Fetch Delivers promotion, call 703-669-DOGS.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The professional soccer team that will share a ballpark with the Loudoun Hounds allowed local residents to help pick the name and logo.
NASL Virginia plans to release the name and logo of Northern Virginia's professional soccer franchise at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling The announcement coincides with a viewing party of the U.S. Men's National Team's qualifier versus Honduras. The game begins at 3:30 p.m., with the unveiling set for halftime, around 5:45 p.m. NBC Sports personality Russ Thaler will serve as host, and D.C. United greats John Harkes and Mark Simpson plan to attend. The North American Soccer League franchise will kick off in 2014, playing in the Loudoun Hounds' baseball park, currently proposed at One Loudoun. Visit NASLVirginia.com for details.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Proposal to move Loudoun Hounds stadium to One Loudoun continues to divide surrounding community.
Friday, January 11
Let’s say that an application were to be filed with the appropriate county authorities to build a 10,000-person sports stadium and entertainment complex at the Reston Town Center. What do you think might happen? Would the local residences and businesses there welcome the sporting arena to their neighborhood with open arms, or would they be so outraged at the idea that they would organize to have the plan defeated? The question isn’t so far-fetched. The owners of One Loudoun have stated that their project was being modeled similarly to the Reston Town Center wherein proposed retail tenants were to be high end, their proposed restaurant tenants upscale and their one-family residences surrounding the project priced in the half-million-dollar-…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Former DC United announcer believes stadium at One Loudoun will have positive impact on youth sports.
Thursday, January 10
To the editor: When I bought in the Potomac Green development five years ago I was excited to learn that in time One Loudoun would bring development to the area that would include business, residential development and entertainment. In part my decision to buy in Potomac Green was that I knew that in time the One Loudoun expansion would add to the property value of its neighbors. I am now even more excited about the proposed construction of a baseball/soccer facility that will be the home of the Loudoun Hounds and an NASL soccer team. I served as the Public Address announcer for DC’s Major League Soccer team, DC United, from 2004 to 2011. Professional-league sports are especially family friendly and I know from my affiliation with DC …