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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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  • Nice place to watch America's Pastime . Plenty of eats and drinks. Plenty of pregame and between innings activities . The Diamond is a great place to bring the whole family . GO NUTZ !  more »
  • All the seats are within the infield, so you're close to the action (by that, I mean home plate). The park is easy to access. Plenty of parking around the park and you can find free street parking nea...  more »
  • I have enjoyed going to see games at the Diamond for many years and it keeps getting better. The franchise knows how to throw a great time for patrons and there is always something fun going on. The f...  more »
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  • Sorry diamond, but you need to be replaced. It's no secret that the stadium is built for one purpose and that is to sit in your seat the whole time. The squirrels put on a great show but it could be so much better with an open air park with a great general admission outfield and space to walk around while still watching the game. If you ever get out of your seat at the diamond you enter a concrete dungeon with puddles everywhere. Again the squirrels are a fun organization but they are brought down by their 1 dimensional stadium. I suggest the peanut gallery seats on bark in the park night. The love seat are comfortable and the dogs are fun to watch!!!
  • Going to The Diamond for a minor league baseball game (currently the Richmond Flying Squirrels) is a fun family affair. The facility is old, but also has that nostalgic feeling. The stairs coming into the park and going up to the General Admission sections are very steep and very narrow, and you really have to pay attention (and keep close watch on the young ones). The food served here really is not bad at all, with 2 buck hot dogs being the best deal (IMHO) and with good local selections of beer... tho at a fairly steep price (like $6.50 for a 16 ounce draft beer). The field of play is beautiful looking -- hats off to the groundskeepers. In all, a very good evening of family entertainment - affordable by most sporting event standards these days.
  • Have fun, spend money. Just kidding. The first had a great time. We love the venue and the atmosphere of the games. The food selection is pretty good. Is like to see a veg or vegan burger though as I have picky eaters. Otherwise, no issues. Even the medical staff is great. Sadly we had to meet them to.
  • Current home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Try as they might no one has been able to build it's replacement. The old girl definitely shows her age, but hasn't dropped concrete on anyone in a long time. Games here are cheap and the food is affordable. Great way to spend a few hours. Have Funn, Go Nuts!
  • I always enjoy catching a game when I have time. It's wonderful living in Richmond and being able to be at a sporting event in less than 20 minutes. Affordable prices on everything from tickets food and beer. There will be many more games in my future!

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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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