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The Diamond, Richmond

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The Diamond is a baseball stadium located in Richmond, Virginia, USA, on Boulevard. It is the home of Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League and the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball team. From 1985 to 2008, it was the home of the Richmond Braves, the Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Diamond seats 12,134 people for baseball; however, for Flying Squirrels games, advertising banners cover up the top rows of the upper deck, reducing seating capacity to 9,560. It replaced the demolished Parker Field, which had been built in 1934, as part of the fair grounds. Parker Field had been converted for baseball in 1954, replacing Mooers Field. Parker Field housed the Braves from 1966 to 1984. In 2003, part of The Diamond's roof was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel, and in 2004 a piece of a concrete beam (size of a football) fell on the stands below, though no fans were injured.HistoryThe Richmond Braves relocated to Gwinnett County, Georgia after the 2008 season. One factor in the franchise's decision to relocate was reportedly a failure to reach an agreement on building a new ballpark in Richmond. There was plan by a development group called the Richmond Baseball Initiative to build a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom near Main Street Station. But in August 2009 the company that submitted this ballpark plan withdrew it. Under the plan, the Richmond Braves would have moved to the new stadium while the Diamond would become the sole home to Virginia Commonwealth University athletics. VCU Baseball previously shared the facility with the Braves for home games. The Diamond is owned by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, which currently leases the facility to VCU.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Stadium looks outdated for sure but it gets the job done. Fun times and great fireworks. Loved the souvenir shop where u can shop and watch the game.  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    The only thing I did not enjoy about my experience here was the Richmond Flying Squirrels lost to the Harrisburg Senators 5 to 3. Other than that this was the most fun I've ever had watching a sportin...  more »
  • May 15, 2017
    Home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double A farm team of the San Francisco Giants. Reasonable ticket prices  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    I've always had a good experience here with everything to seating, food, drinks, and service. It's a very family friendly environment and has entertainment for the kids. For the adults they have craft beer and wine slushies. The games are exciting and entertaining. You are always able to find parking. It's only $5 to park in the stadium lot.
  • June 24, 2017
    My first visit to this park. It was a great fun filled friendly atmosphere with the mascot "Nutzy." He will keep you smiling even if the Squirrel are losing. I really had a great time!!
  • June 3, 2017
    The flying squirrels games at the Diamond are a great activity for families and groups. It is so inexpensive compared to other sport games. The food is priced reasonably and is an okay quality. The parking is very convenient.
  • June 8, 2017
    The diamond is conveniently located next to the freeway so it's easy to get to. Parking isn't too bad or expensive. I love going here to catch baseball games and nice summer days. Although this is one of the few sporting attractions in Richmond I wish the city would build a new stadium. The diamond is showing its age and is in desperate need of renovation.
  • July 3, 2017
    Went to a squirrels game. First time since the Braves left. Love the new box seats. Cost of food and drinks are quite high but within the norms of other sporting events.

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Richmond boasts a wide array of accommodations, including inns and national chain hotels. Those who want to take full advantage of the city's rich historical heritage should consider staying in the Northside area, home to a number of historic districts, or near the Boulevard, where you can find most of the city's museums. There are a number of apartment vacation rentals available in residential areas of the city; neighborhoods close to Virginia Commonwealth University are generally a safe bet for those wanting to take advantage of lively eateries, quirky stores, and bars.
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