Richmond, VA also contemplating building new baseball stadium

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Submitted: Tue, 04/03/2012 - 3:12am
Updated: Tue, 04/03/2012 - 1:11pm

RICHMOND, VA (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH) — Is the Richmond area willing and able to invest in a baseball venue that will cost about $50 million?

The Richmond Flying Squirrels and the city have agreed that the best place for a new stadium is Richmond’s fleet maintenance facility on the Boulevard, adjacent to The Diamond, but there is no firm plan. Financing remains the missing piece.

The Diamond, a symmetrical concrete stadium with plenty of steps but not much soul, was built in seven months for $8 million. By 2000, it had begun to show its age. By 2008, the Braves had enough after years of pushing for a new facility. The baton was passed to the Squirrels.



  • Guest33 says:

    Not to say that they don’t have beach’s or rivers. Islands or cool sandy watery walks on hot days….

  • Guest Reply says:

    Reading this story brings to mind this scenario…”Philadelphia is building a new skyscraper…why can’t Wilmington have one too?”
    Whom paid out to have this story in compassion printed WWAY? I’m sure you could find a story somewhere on the internet about how sorry our infrastructure is here in Wilmington. An eye for an eye :-)

  • RSimmons says:

    Not a fair comparison, Richmond has twice the population and a larger pool of financial resources to draw from. FWIW,the Braves began lobbying for a major remodel on that stadium after 14 years into their contract.
    I have a fond memory of that stadium, I saw my Alma mater ECU beat James Madison in the 1987 CAA championship there!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    was built with private funds and by a committee of private business leaders.

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