One Loudoun: The Newest Hotspot of Northern Virginia

As seen in the print edition.

By Tim Murphy.

one loudounConstruction on the One Loudoun town center in Ashburn, Virginia, is already underway. The complex will feature an Alamo movie theater, multiple restaurants and shopping centers, and, of course, a brand new sports stadium. The stadium, Edelman Financial Field, will be home to the Loudoun Hounds, a minor-league baseball team, and the Virginia Calvary, an NASL (North American Soccer League) team. Groundbreaking for the new ball field has already started, and it’s projected to be completed by Spring 2014, just in time for the start of the sports season.

The Loudoun Hounds are part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league rapidly expanding across the Eastern Seaboard. In 2009, Bob Farren and a group of committee members met with the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and agreed upon the construction of the 5,500-seat stadium and the Loudoun Hounds franchise. The idea of a professional sports team coming to Loudoun excited the public and gained the interest of some highly-influential baseball figures, such as Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, Frank Howard, Cecil Fielder, Tommy John, and Harmon Killebrew. These, and other members of the Hounds organization, worked vigorously for a number of years to create a family-friendly theme and franchise for all Loudouners to enjoy. In fact, the name ‘Loudoun Hounds’ was created by a 9 year-old boy named Andrew Thede. Plus, the team’s mascot, Fetch, was an idea submitted by 4 year-old Ayla Shapiro. The Hounds’ season is set to start in April 2014 at Edelman Financial Field.

The Virginia Calvary is Northern Virginia’s newest professional soccer team, playing in the North American Soccer League. The NASL includes teams from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Virginia Calvary will be playing along with the Hounds at the start of the 2014 season. Heading the team is three-time MLS champion and former DC United goalie, Mark Simpson. With Mr. Simpson’s knowledge and experience of the game, the team is guaranteed an explosive start to their season come Spring.

There are other notable establishments opening in the town center. The Alamo Drafthouse has already opened, and is a huge success. The eight-screen theater opened on May 2, 2013, with the screening of ‘Iron Man 3.’ The theater has over 800 seats, and a full bar for patrons that offers drinks and a food menu. Head chef Johnny Dooher describes his kitchen as “90-percent [made from] scratch.”

“We don’t roast the coffee. We don’t make the ice cream. But we make everything else,” Dooher said. The menu will include specialties like pizzas and burgers. For snacking in the theaters, the Alamo offers free popcorn refills and servers that will take and deliver orders to the patrons. In addition to movies, the Alamo sponsors local events, like independent movie showings, in their smaller theaters. Plus, they frequently feature classic movies in their screening rooms.

One last notable feature coming to the One Loudoun Town Center is the World Trade Center of Dulles International Airport. This new World Trade Center is will be a part of a 319 trade-building network that is based and operates around the globe and represents over one million businesses from 90 countries. This trade center is designed to enhance trade, promote international commerce, and open up a world of influence to Northern Virginia. The main focus of this center will be science and technology, making it the first World Trade Center to partner with the International Association of Science Park (IASP). The construction of this center will create a new mecca for the newest and most revolutionizing technologies the world can offer.