HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Hagerstown City Council says a private donor has pledged $15 million for a new downtown sports and events center.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the donor wishes to stay anonymous for now but has asked for naming rights to the stadium.

The stadium would house the Hagerstown Suns, a minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and is expected to cost about $30 million.

City Councilman Lewis Metzner says the donor has been connected to sports in the area for a long time. He says that while the city has received only a verbal agreement, the commitment has been made.

The city is working toward a long-term lease with the Suns, and wants $10 million in state funding to help pay for the new stadium.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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