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ATLANTIC LEAGUE GRANTS CONDITIONAL APPROVAL TO VIRGINIA BEACH
Expansion Team Could Start Play in 2015
Camden, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc today announced that Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC has been granted Conditional Approval by the League’s Board of Directors to own and operate an expansion team in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The ownership group, led by local business executive James “Jas” Short, is planning a new state of the art Multi-use Ballpark which could be open as early as the 2015 Baseball Season.
“We are extremely pleased that Jas and his group have reached this milestone after more than three years of effort in Virginia Beach,” said Joe Klein, Atlantic League Executive Director and former General Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. The Atlantic League looks forward to working closely with the group to help Virginia’s largest city obtain its own high level minor league baseball team and first class multi-use ballpark,” Klein added.
In order to obtain conditional approval, Virginia Beach Professional Baseball was required to show financial capability to own and operate an Atlantic League team, strong demographics in the Virginia Beach market along with demonstrated public sector and business support, and the likelihood of obtaining a ballpark meeting Atlantic League standards. Finalizing plans for financing and constructing the Ballpark is the next step for Virginia Beach Professional Baseball.
About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc.
The Atlantic League of professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. is the highest level of professional baseball, other than the Major Leagues. Atlantic League players are experienced professionals, having progressed through the development levels (Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A) and are all “Major League Ready, ” with approximately 40% of Atlantic League players having Major League service time. Since the League’s inception in 1998, nearly 30 million fans have attended an Atlantic League game in one of the League’s state of the art ballparks. The Atlantic League continues to be the only professional baseball league in an active expansion mode. Over the next few years the League plans to expand from eight to twelve teams, which will join the existing teams in the major metropolitan markets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Houston.
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