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FAIRFAX COUNTY PICKS SITES FOR MLB STADIUM IN NO. VIRGINIA

     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).
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