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Rosner Auto Group investing in Hagerstown Suns; acquiring stadium naming rights

Here is a rendering showing the layout of the proposed baseball complex at Celebrate Virginia South.

The Rosner Auto Group will invest directly in the project to bring the Hagerstown Suns to Fredericksburg and has committed to securing naming rights of a multipurpose stadium proposed for the city, Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn said.

Fredericksburg  City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to move forward with the stadium concept as negotiated between Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn and City Manager Bev Cameron and councilmen Fred Howe and Brad Ellis.

The original proposal involved only the Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. However, after city residents rejected the idea of a publicly financed stadium, Quinn partnered with New Jersey-based Diamond Nation to expand the project.

The stadium complex now would be privately built.

The expanded complex would include a multipurpose stadium for the Suns with 4,750 fixed seats and five artificial turf fields where Diamond Nation would host amateur softball and baseball camps and tournaments. Diamond Nation runs a similar facility in Flemington, N.J.

The city would purchase the land for and build an 1,800-space parking lot.

“We’re delighted that they joined us,” Quinn said of Rosner Auto Group founder Ron Rosner and Rosner President Clay Huber.

Ron Rosner said details are still being worked out on the partnership so he could not yet say how long he will have the naming rights but said it’s a long-term commitment.