Fredericksburg, Virginia, has scored a minor league team of its own.
The Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg reports that on Tuesday the City Council unanimously approved a development and shared use agreement with Potomac Baseball, LLC for a $35 million multipurpose stadium in Celebrate Virginia South.
The Silber family are owners of the Potomac Nationals. The agreement calls for them to finance, build and maintain the 5,000-seat stadium. Fredericksburg will be considered an "anchor tenant" in exchange for a $1.05 million annual payment to the club for 30 years.
Potomac Nationals President Lani Silber Weiss got choked up as she thanked people for making the team a reality.
"You are all making a dream come true for our family," she said. "You truly are."
Art Silber said Minor League Baseball and the Carolina League have given their approval for his family to move the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals after decades of playing in Prince William County. He says he expects to have the stadium finished by 2020.