Fredericksburg planning stadium for the Suns

Fredericksburg, Va. (WJLA) - At the moment a forest looks just like any other wooded area in Fredericksburg. But soon, it could be the home of something that would have Kirsten Willis taking her family out to the ball game.

The proposed Suns’ minor league stadium would be a multi-use facility, equipped for concerts and amateur sports. The Suns have said they want to leave Hagerstown, Md.

Negotiations are moving forward to build it on a 38 acres currently owned by the National Slavery Museum.

The owner of the Hagerstown Suns, the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, says he is committed to bringing the team from that town to this one.

Fredericksburg city councilman Matthew Kelly says the project picked up steam when the Suns agreed to invest $29 million to build the stadium, along with a $7 million commitment from the city for a parking facility.

"I'm feeling very positive about it now. I think the community has come around in seeing this as a good project for the city," Kelly says.

The site is two miles from here in historical downtown Fredericksburg. But the idea is if you build it there people will come here.

Graham Hope manages the Blarney Stone Public House.

He says business downtown is solid, but the stadium would provide a boost.

"I think it would be a huge jump of money coming into the downtown area,” Hope says.

Kevin Marshall is one local guy really ready.

"I'll be at the first game,” he says.