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The Diamond, Richmond

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • The Diamond is the ugly stepchild of Richmond with many politicians and businessmen trying to figure out how to move it, refurbish it, destroy it, make money off it, etc. Much rancor has been traded a...  read more »
  • Fun night at the park, walked up and bought tickets last minute. Kids had fun and prices were reasonable. Worth the trip 
  • The Richmond Squirrels have revived the appreciation of baseball and the ballpark for RVA. A fun way to spend the evening with cracker jacks, beer, and watching Nutzy lead the audience in rallies and ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Love having a local sports team that people in RVA can cheer for, and the food/beverage selection is alright. Only 4 stars because I agree with many that the stadium needs a MASSIVE structural overhaul. The entire upper section that now hosts gigantic advertising banners was once used for seating, however that part of the arena is so decrepit that is unfit to use for that purpose anymore!
  • Overwhelms the other (two) Eastern League AA parks I've been too. Big place, great fans and concessions a little better as well. Could have used more side entrances/exits, but I suppose they were trying to save $$'s.
  • Great stadium and a family friendly atmosphere. Convenient access with ample parking.
  • So. Much. Fun. Great local beer selection and the Squirrels fans don't disappoint.
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