ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The last public hearing on the proposed BallPark at One Loudoun was held Monday night, and attendees expressed a variety of opinions on the planned 5,500-seat stadium.
Two minor league franchises, Loudoun Hounds baseball and Virginia Cavalry FC soccer, plan to call the Ashburn venue home. But nearby residents think the added draw to the community could cause problems.
According to a Washington Post report, the stadium was originally approved in 2009 as part of a mixed-use development area called Kincora at the intersection of Routes 7 and 28. But, after Kincora officials failed to find funding for road improvements around the development, plans for the stadium were shifted to One Loudoun, which is located a mile west on Route 7.
Some neighbors were unhappy about the switch, and have been vocal about their opposition. But the Loudoun Hounds have fought fiercely for the location, too.
A “calling all fans” type plea was located on the Loudoun Hounds website before the hearing Monday.
“At 4:45 p.m., we will convene a massive constituency of HoundsNation citizens to Rally For the Ballpark. Bring your kids, your neighbors, your neighbors’ kids and your kids’ teammates. Heck, bring your kids’ teammates’ neighbors. We need everyone who wants this privately financed cultural landmark / economic engine / lasting institution / point of pride to be there then,” the announcement said.
Meanwhile, on NoStadium7.org, opponents are selling t-shirts, bumper stickers and pins to try and spread their message that the stadium would produce too much noise and traffic and compromise public safety.
The Loudoun County board of supervisors plans to vote on a proposal to permit the park on April 3.