G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium
Pfitzner Stadium Exterior.JPG
Location 7 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Coordinates 38°41′3″N 77°21′9″W / 38.68417°N 77.35250°W / 38.68417; -77.35250Coordinates: 38°41′3″N 77°21′9″W / 38.68417°N 77.35250°W / 38.68417; -77.35250
Owner Prince William County Park Authority
Operator Potomac Baseball LLC.
Capacity 6,000
Field size Left Field: 315
Center Field: 400
Right Field: 315
Surface Patriot Bermuda Grass
Scoreboard Daktronics BA-2026
Construction
Broke ground 1983
Opened April 19, 1984
Construction cost $2 million[1]
($4.56 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Hughes Group Architects[3]
Tenants
Potomac Nationals (CL) (1984–present)

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium is a stadium in the Coles Magisterial District of Prince William County, Virginia. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Potomac Nationals minor league baseball team. It was built in 1984. The stadium is located near the McCoart Government Center, the offices of the Prince William County Service Authority and the Sean Connaughton Community Plaza. It holds 6,000 people.

Improvements[edit]

After the 2011 season, the field was redone to upgrade it to MLB specifications, as the previous field failed to meet those standards. This was done due to moving a series because of unsafe conditions.[4]

2012 Fire[edit]

A one-alarm fire caused by an inside gas leak destroyed the facility's business offices on June 29, 2012. There were no fatalities or injuries. Other parts of the stadium, including the concession stands one level below the offices, were not damaged.[5] The fire put the Nationals' mascot Uncle Slam out of action for the remainder of the Carolina League season.[6]

Layout[edit]

The unique dugouts at Pfitzner Stadium.

The fences at Pfitzner Stadium are 315 feet down the lines and 400 feet to straight-away center field. There is an electronic scoreboard in left-center field capable of displaying images as well as some video. The dugouts at the stadium are unusual in that they are located at field level and there is no fence or rail separating them from the playing area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bullis, Tim (July 1, 1998). "Owner Moving Cannons North". The Free Lance–Star. Fredericksburg, VA. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Addition Community Projects". Hughes Group Architects. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kerr, Byron (January 4, 2012). "Potomac Nationals Install New Grass Field at Pfitzner Stadium". Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kerr, Byron (June 29, 2012). "Potomac's Pfitzner Stadium Sustains Damage from Fire, All Employees Accounted For". Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mascot Uncle Slam Placed on 60-Day DL". Minor League Baseball. July 6, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 

External links[edit]