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Ballpark History



Through the years...

The current home of the Potomac Nationals was originally known as Davis Ford Park, named after the main road outside the stadium. Two years later the stadium was renamed Prince William County Stadium, as it was known for nine years. Before the start of the 1995 season, the ballpark was renamed again in honor of Prince William County Board of Supervisors member G. Richard Pfitzner. As a county supervisor, Pfitzner led the charge to bring the Alexandria Dukes to Prince William County.

Upon their relocation, the Alexandria Dukes became the Prince William Pirates, after their parent club, Pittsburgh. They later adopted the name of another parent club, the Yankees, before finally taking on a local nickname. The club played as the Prince William Cannons from 1989-1998. In 1999, the Cannons adopted the name Potomac Cannons to better represent their fan base, which covers much of the Northern Virginia region. When the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC, and became the Washington Nationals, the Cannons became the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Nationals and once again adopted the name of their parent club.

 

Eight former Major League players and one Major League manager have spent time at what has become affectionately know as "The Pfitz." Five-time National League MVP and all-time home run leader Barry Bonds played his first professional baseball on the grounds of Pfitzner Stadium. Mike Cameron, who once hit four home runs in a single Major League game in 2002, once played here. Pfitzner Stadium alumni and current club Hall of Fame members include Bonds, Magglio Ordonez, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, Bobby Bonilla, Albert Pujols and club owner Art Silber.

Through the years "The Pfitz" has undergone numerous expansions and upgrades, including the ticket office structure out front, the field box seating sections behind first and third base and the picnic area. This season, Pfitzner Stadium received its biggest upgrade in years with the installation of a new video board.

The Potomac Nationals set a record for attendance at "The Pfitz" on July 4 of last season, as 10,789 fans came out to see the game and subsequent fireworks show. The season attendance record of 220,146 was set in 1998.