posted on May, 23 2004 @ 11:32 AM
CHANTILLY, Va. -- An investment group hoping to bring a major league baseball team to Northern Virginia has unveiled plans for a stadium near Dulles
The stadium would be part of a complex that would include restaurants, hotels, condominiums and offices surrounding a man-made lake, the group said.
It hopes to make the projected development a year-round attraction in order to defray some of the construction costs.
"It's going to be a beautiful development," Jerry Burkot, a spokesman for the group, told The Washington Post for Saturday editions.
The proposal is the latest from the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, which is hoping to bring a baseball team to Northern Virginia. The site is
not the only one the group has presented to Major League Baseball, but it is the preferred one.
Baseball has been trying to relocate the Montreal Expos since the struggling franchise was purchased by the 29 other teams before the 2002 season. The
Expos are splitting their schedule between Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the second consecutive year in order to ease the club's debt.
Las Vegas; Monterrey, Mexico; Washington; San Juan; Norfolk, Va.; Portland, Ore.; and Northern Virginia are all possible relocation candidates. The
latest deadline for a decision is the All-Star break in July, but league officials have repeatedly missed similar deadlines in the past as they search
for an acceptable deal.
[Edited on 5/23/2004 by Ben]