Things are pretty close, but still not a "done deal". The Winchester City Council will take a vote on Tuesday to transfer just under 8 acres of land in Jim Barnett Park over to the Winchester Economic Development Authority. The EDA is a division of the Winchester City government. If the land transfer vote is approved by City Council, the remaining hurdle will be for the EDA to secure financing for the stadium. If all of Winchester's ducks are lined up by April 17th then the Hagerstown Suns are obligated to move to Winchester and would start playing there in 2013.
Winchester is looking at building a 4,000 seat capacity stadium designed by HKS that would have an additional 1,000 seats on a grassy bank in the outfield. There will be no fewer than 10 suites and party decks down both the 1B and 3B lines. The stadium will also have a Club featuring a full restaurant with bar and seating for 200. The head of the EDA mentioned they would be shooting for Silver LEED certification including a solar powered mister to cool fans off in the summertime. Winchester will be footing the bill for $1.5 million LED video board and ribbons. The stadium would be built right next to I-81 where passers by could look right in at home plate providing high visibility. Concert seating would increase the capacity to 8,000.
Just a few little nuggets of information I have learned in recent days.