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FAIRFAX COUNTY PICKS SITES FOR MLB STADIUM IN NO. VIRGINIA
Published February 7, 1995
The 33-member Fairfax County, VA, task force unanimously recommended three sites for a proposed MLB stadium last night after two months of discussion. A 164-acre site near Dulles Airport, 80 acres near the Tysons Corner shopping development and a site currently owned by the U.S. Army near Springfield, will compete with sites in Loudoun County if Northern VA is selected for MLB expansion. Fairfax County officials will not make any further evaluation of the sites until MLB makes a decision. If selected, state officials "plan to establish" a stadium authority that would acquire financing for a park. The county has a $300M plan to build and lease a 50,000-seat stadium (Lorraine Woellert, WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/7). The Tysons Corner site was lauded by several committee members as "an excellent location, because it is the county's 'downtown' and because a stadium there would speed the process of extending commuter rail to Tysons." Opponents of all three sites cited traffic concerns (Eric Lipton, WASHINGTON POST, 2/7).