City Council approves bid for new stadium in Va. Beach

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 7:16 AM

2/11 UPDATE: City Council voted Tuesday to approve the bid for a professional baseball stadium in Va. Beach. 

The city will soon begin negotiations and discussions to develop a lease for the new stadium. 

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VIRGINIA BEACH - A 5,000-seat minor league baseball stadium could be coming to Virginia Beach.

Councilman Bill DeSteph said it's still preliminary, but the $50 million stadium project would not cost taxpayer money.

"This could be a home run," DeSteph said. "Virginia Beach is a baseball town."

Virginia Beach resident James Short is leading a group of private investors who plan to fund the multi-million dollar stadium. Their hope is to bring in a team from the Atlantic League.

The stadium would be built outside the Sportsplex on Dam Neck Road.

If approved, construction could start mid-year and be completed by Summer 2015.

The city would spend about $7.5 million to widen Landstown Road and give admissions and tax breaks for 20 years.

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