The Loudoun Hounds will begin play in 2012.
Expansion Club in Virginia Joins Independent Baseball Organization
Dulles, Va. (Thursday, September 23, 2010) – A press conference was held this Tuesday in Dulles, Virginia, with entertainment group VIP Baseball announcing that it will be placing a team in the independent Atlantic League of Minor League Baseball. The Loudoun Hounds, a nickname produced from a Name the Team contest in the Loudon County region, are now focused on beginning play at the start of the 2012 season.
"Today, I am proud to unleash the Hounds," said Bob Farren, who is the President and CEO of VIP Baseball. "The Hounds will quickly become the heart and soul of the region, and we are set to establish rivalries with great teams like the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the New York Revolution and all of the Atlantic League in 2012."
The Hounds will play in Loudoun County in a stadium that has yet to begin construction. Other plans for the facility include an ice hockey rink, and there are also hopes to host concert and other festivals at the complex.
The Atlantic League, which is currently wrapping up its 2010 season, was established in 1998 and played with eight clubs this past year. Teams are required to have stadiums that seat 4,000 to 7,500 fans, and the league boasts some top state-of-the-art ballparks. The eight current franchises are spread out among five states in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Along with bringing in the Hounds in 2012, the Atlantic League also plans to make its biggest expansion into the southern region of the country for that season when a team is added in Sugar Land, Texas.
The Somerset Patriots, which are based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, have won the most championships in the history of the Atlantic League with a total of five titles, including the past two league crowns. The league has also seen some rather well-known former Major League Baseball players in its stadiums, including former AL MVPs Jose Canseco, Juan Gonzalez and Rickey Henderson.
For more information on the Atlantic League, visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.