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The Diamond, Richmond
(3.9/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Richmond Squirrels offer a fun-filled night out. Every game has some amazing moments and lots of on and off the field fun in between. Organizers make every minute entertaining. Great for date night, f...  more »
  • Being that I am a guy who remembers the last ball club in residence, and preferring that franchise to the current one in place, I have to say this about the Richmond Squirrels. The venue is all about ...  more »
  • The Diamond is pretty old but still in decent shape. Ticket prices are super reasonable and the entertainment between innings can be pretty funny. Of course, food and drink prices are really high, but...  more »
Google
  • Okay...I love a good ball park. That being said, this place is ok. Needs a bit more love. It's still fun to go...
  • Love seeing games here....wish they would do some renovations. Been coming here for over 20 years
  • There is nothing like a good home town baseball game. The flying squirrels play as Richmond's minor league team. Its guaranteed a fun time when you go. Not only will you enjoy a good baseball game, but in between every inning they have little competitions for gift cards or other prizes. The ride through and throw t'shirts into the audience. Or a player just might toss you a game ball. Fun for the whole family.
  • The diamond is always great! Prices are very reasonable! Be sure that you and the kids join the kids club. Kids get in free for Sunday's home Games!
  • Great stadium and a family friendly atmosphere. Convenient access with ample parking.