The Fredericksburg Nationals are a Minor League Baseball team of the Carolina League and the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. They are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and will play their home games at New Fredericksburg Ballpark which is scheduled to open in 2020 and will hold 5,000 people.
Founded in 2020
|Current||Class A-Advanced (from 2020)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Carolina League (from 2020)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Washington Nationals (from 2020)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (0)||none|
|Nickname||Fredericksburg Nationals (from 2020)|
|Colors||Red, white, blue|
|Ballpark||New Fredericksburg Ballpark (from 2020)|
|General Manager||Nick Hall|
|President||Lani Silber Weiss|
In June 2018, Potomac Nationals owner Art Silber announced that he had signed a letter of intent to build a new stadium in Fredericksburg, Virginia, that would open in April 2020. The 5,000-seat multi-purpose stadium will include a 300-seat club facility and 13 suites. In November 2018 the Fredericksburg city council unanimously gave final approval for the Silber family to finance, build and maintain the $35 million stadium with the city as an "anchor tenant" making an annual payment to the club of $1.05 million for 30 years.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 24, 2019, but construction work had not begun as of May 20, 2019. A month later it was announced that site work would begin in July 2019. In August 2019, the Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Office released a video of earth being moved at the construction site. On September 25, 2019, general manager Nick Hall said, "We're 100 percent planning on opening April 23, [2020,]" and that the first concrete could be poured as early as the next week. Though plans call for the new stadium to open in 2020, the deal with the city actually calls for the facility to be ready for public events by April 1, 2021.
As part of a process to give the team a new name that included Fredericksburg, a "Name the Team" contest that began in April 2019 received more than 2,400 responses on the team name, colors, mascots, and ways to incorporate local history and culture. On October 5, 2019, the team announced that it had changed its name to the Fredericksburg Nationals for the 2020 season and that its marketing nickname for the team – "P-Nats" when the team was the Potomac Nationals – would change to "FredNats."
The teams uniforms were revealed on November 16, 2019 along with a Mary Washington logo at an event on Mary Washington's 311th birthday.
Fredericksburg Nationals roster
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