About Loudoun Hounds

 

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(Be an everyday player)

The manager puts his best players out on the field for game after game because those guys give him the best chance to win.

For us to win, we need you every day. Be an everyday player. Become a season-ticket holder for your Loudoun Hounds. Be a TopDog, check the Season Tickets box, and get on the list now for Hounds’ season tickets.

As if 72 Hounds games weren’t enticement enough, here’s just a brief sampling of the benefits given to our full-season fans:

  • Your pick of almost any seat in the park
  • Per-game price much lower than cost of single-game ticket
  • Special early-entry privileges
  • Your name on your seat – never any unwanted posterior in your reserved spot
  • Special reception with Hounds manager, players and mascots
  • First crack at playoff tickets
  • Discounts off any products in team store
  • Miss a game, make it up later
  • Transferability for any single game
  • Gifts exclusive to you
  • First crack at the same spot for the following season
  • Discounted tickets on per-person basis
  • Option of using one of our designated picnic pavilions
  • Youngsters can race onto the field pre-game with a Loudoun Hound
  • All-you-can-eat catered buffet at the ready
  • Recognition on the huge in-park videoboard
  • Get a group picture with Fetch, then get his pawtograph

 

(Display your fandom)

Hounds Nation, and it’s time to pledge your allegiance with official Loudoun Hounds Gear.

We have all manner of the Houndiest Gear for men, women, kids, and – naturally – dogs. We have jerseys, t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, caps, window stickers, golf balls, bats, games, dog collars, leashes – our storeroom is just littered with this stuph.

We’ll offer an even wider array of Houndy wears and wares to increase your gear ratio, just as soon as we think up what we haven’t thought up yet.

It’s not just a matter of slapping a Houndhead logo on some cheap material and pretending it’s worthy. Our veteran merchandise man, Rick Bechtold, is an accomplished requisitioner of reputable, quality products – and he knows how to price them right for you.

Many Hounds Gear items are locally sourced; all is American made. Look for the unique Loudoun Hounds Gear tag affixed to each item from our extensive clothing lines. Accept no substitutes.

So you want that Hounds mesh cap with the collared-H logo for yourself, maybe an oversized Houndhead t-shirt for the nephew, tossing in a pink hooded pullover for mother dearest. What to do?

· All of the above is easily findable on the secure site over at LoudounHoundsGear.com.

· It’s also available in three-dimensional format by visiting the brick-and-mortar store in our soon-to-open offices at 21441 Pacific Boulevard.

· Further, when all the digging is done on the DogYard, we’ll have a Loudoun Hounds Gear store inside the Ballpark of Bark, just waiting for your eager eyes. That spot will be Hounds Gear Central, with the world’s most massive collection of the Houndiest stuph outside of my house. You'll be able to come in, shop around and get geared up right there in the DogYard – whether it’s the middle of the fifth or the middle of an off-day.

You’re a Hound now. You’re Running With the Pack and you’re proud of it. Time to show it.

 

 

 

 

(What we’ve done and what we will do)

· 2001 – Bob Farren wonders why no viable entertainment and sports option exists in a county with the population, resources and interest of Loudoun. He sets about changing that.

· 2001-2009 – Bob works diligently in his spare time to build interest in building a special sort of entertainment and sports venue in Loudoun. Appearing before groups as small as four and as big as 1,000, Bob persistently pounds the pavement in spreading the wisdom of his idea.

· July 2009 – The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, after hearing rampant pleas from local citizens and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, approves the construction of a 5,500-seat baseball stadium at the site of the intended Kincora Village project.

· Late 2009 – Bob and his fellow managing partner, Harry Stokes, hire staff to begin introducing the ballpark and the ballteam to Loudoun and the world: Steven Tricarico to head marketing; Dave D'Onofrio to manage communications; Jason S Rufner to compose writings to educate and excite; Allyson Ruscitella to head sales; Rick Bechtold to handle merchandise and promotional items; Terri Williams and Rosalie Titus to act as concierges and ambassadors.

· Early 2010 – Virginia Investment Partnership solicits ideas from the public for the team’s name, beginning a trend of citizen involvement in the development of Loudoun’s first professional baseball franchise.

· July 2010 – The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, after hearing from local citizens and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, approves a special exemption allowing the Kincora Village project, and therefore the stadium, to go ahead.

· September 21, 2010 – The name, logo, colors and home uniforms of Loudoun’s new professional baseball team are unveiled at a well-attended event at 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn. Presenting partners making it possible are Beckstrom Electric and Buffalo Wing Factory & Pub. Hounds Corporate Advisor Harmon Killebrew was among the special guests. LoudounHounds.com and Facebook.com/houndsbaseball are launched that evening.

· November 2010 – The Hounds staff moves into its first office space in a location off Loudoun County Parkway. Susan McTiernan is hired to manage the office.

· February 13, 2011 – Hounds Inaugural FanFest is held at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, attracting nearly 10,000 spectators from around the Mid-Atlantic region. Nearly two dozen former Major League Baseball stars (including Frank Howard, Boog Powell, Tommy John, Bobby Richardson, Chris Hoiles and Cecil Fielder) make their way to Loudoun to sign autographs and tell stories with well-known baseball historian Phil Wood. Leesburg’s Emma Rowley renders a spectacular national anthem; Ashburn’s A+ Dropouts entertain with their high-energy brand of rock music. The Hounds’ first mascot, Fetch, is presented by Hounds partners OneVoice Communications and Chick-fil-A to an excited public, with famous broadcast personality Johnny Holliday performing as emcee.

· April 2011 – The Hounds hire baseball executive Adam Gladstone as Director of Baseball Operations.

· June 2011 – The Hounds hire David C. Kersey, who contributed to the construction of the Verizon Center, National Harbor and PNC Park, as our ballpark’s Project Manager. Assisting him with owner-furnished construction items such as seating, lights and videoboard is John Brandt, a veteran of professional baseball stadium construction.

· October 2011 – The Hounds announce that legendary baseball man Frank Howard has agreed to become the Hounds' Corporate Advisor and Baseball Ambassador.

· October 2011 – Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer and former York Revolution manager Chris Hoiles is announced as a Hounds Baseball Ambassador at an event for Hounds supporter and County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York.

· March 2011 - Present – The Hounds and Fetch are featured guests around Loudoun at schools, Christmas parades, Little League openings, block parties, the Leesburg Flower & Garden Show, the Northern Virginia BrewFest and many other public settings.

· December 2011 – The Hounds relocate to larger office space in a distinctive edifice off Pacific Boulevard, very close to the ballpark site.

We’re literally just getting started, you know. Good enough isn’t good enough™ for the Loudoun Hounds, so just you wait and see what awards we earn.

While we haven’t yet received, we have been in a giving mood. We’ve already presented several Loudouners with deserved recognition for their excellent contributions to the Hounds and to our community.

Name Your Team

Andrew Thede – Mr. Thede, age 9 of Sterling, was among those who came up with the name “Hounds,” and the phrase “Loudoun Hounds” soon became irresistibly catchy around the office. Not only is our team name unique in all professional sports (there are variations, like RockHounds and Red Hounds), it encapsulates the history of our area, with its equestrian and foxhunting traditions. Attaboy, Andrew!

Name Your Mascot

Ayla Shapiro – Miss Shapiro, age 4 of Ashburn, offered the clever moniker “Fetch” for our initial mascot, and we thought it was a perfect match for such a clever Hound. Ayla also included a very cool colored-in Hound with her submission, one of literally thousands of Loudoun’s kids’ nifty mascot colorings which we displayed at the Hounds’ Inaugural FanFest.

Loudoun Hounds Player Of the Year (1st annual)

Joshua Sweet – Mr. Sweet, a rising star athlete at Purcellville’s Loudoun Valley High School, was selected because of his over-.400 batting average and near-.600 slugging percentage while playing catcher for the Greater Loudoun Lions in the 2010 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.

 

 

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