|Edelman Financial Field, future home of the Loudoun Hounds baseball team and the Virginia Cavalry FC soccer team, is in an early stage of construction at One Loudoun in Ashburn. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny|
Loudoun residents looking forward to the smell of hot dogs and fresh cut grass, of turnstiles rounding for opening day at a new baseball stadium will have to wait.
Edelman Financial Field, originally set to open at One Loudoun next spring will now open its gates in the third fiscal quarter of 2014, a few months later than expected.
The announcement was made Sept. 17 that construction delays will hold up the opening of the stadium.
There have been no particulars divulged on the reasons for the delay, but David D'Onofrio, director of communications with VIP Sports and Entertainment said, "The stadium is a large privately funded project with no public money, complications are bound to arise."
The stadium is set to house the Loudoun Hounds of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and the Virginia Cavalry of the North American Soccer League.
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball will likely have played most of its season by the time of the opening, but the plan is still to have some games at the end of the season at the new ball park.
"We plan on opening the stadium for a portion of the 2014 season," said Bob Farren, president and CEO of VIP Sports and Entertainment.
So far 'critical infrastructure and parking facilities" have been put in and Farren is looking into several contingency plans to get the ballpark done in a timely fashion.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors passed an April measure to allow construction to begin with the understanding that the stadium was on an ambitious time schedule to open next spring.
"I'm not terribly surprised," said Supervison Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) of the delay.
Letourneau is still confident, though, that it was a great decision for the county.
"From our perspective, there is little risk for the county, it being privately funded," he said.
The venue will also be used as a multipurpose space for concerts, fireworks and other special events.
The dirt currently sitting at the site is soon to be graded to level out the land, according to D'Onofrio.
According to a release from VIP Sports and Entertainment the pre-cast stadium seating should arrive soon and installation is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
"Everyone's excited to get going," said Julie Dillon, director of marketing at Miller and Smith, the development company working with VIP Sports and Entertainment. "It just sometimes takes a little longer than we would like."
According to Farren, the project started more than 12 years ago, and has gone through different iterations.
The stadium was originally supposed to go into the development at Kincora in Sterling off routes 7 and 28, before last year when One Loudoun and VIP Sports and Entertainment made the announcement that the stadium would move into One Loudoun in Ashburn at the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7.