VIRGINIA BEACH -- And the winner is...Neptunes!
Thousands took part in a month-long fan vote to name Virginia Beach's first professional minor league baseball team.
The new team is scheduled to join the Atlantic League in 2015.
City Council approved a plan in February that will bring a 5,000-seat professional baseball stadium to Virginia Beach.
The $40 million to $50 million project calls for Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC to build the facilities on city-owned land in the Princess Anne area.
VBPB Chairman Jas Short says he is excited by the fan and investor interest.
'The business community, the Hotel-Motel Association, the Central Business District Association and so many others are revved up to make professional and amateur tournament baseball happen in Virginia Beach,' said Short. 'Our stadium financing is going as planned and there has been increased equity partnership interest (both in-town and out of town) as we get closer to the finalization of the ground lease.'
According to a news release, the next steps are securing a naming rights partner for the stadium and/or the tournament complex, and create the marketing materials for the Virginia Beach Neptunes.
'We really want logos that are fun, family-friendly and promotes a positive experience,' said Pinto. 'The Virginia Beach Neptunes will really belong to everyone in Virginia Beach.'
VBPB anticipates beginning to break ground over the next few months.