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  • Richmond Flying Squirrels
    Ballpark The Diamond
    League Eastern League
    Address 3001 N Boulevard
    Richmond, VA  23230
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    Telephone 804/359-4444
    Website http://squirrelsbaseball.com
    E-mail info@rbraves.com
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    Diamond, a tad rough -- 2007-05-15

    I saw the first game at The Diamond and it was a thrill. It was the best park in the minors at that time. The retro parks have come along and The Diamond is aging. The video screen is old and grainy. The seats could use replacing and the bathrooms are in rough shape. The clubhouse needs a total make-over and workout facilities and an indoor batting cage need to be added. The whole place needs a serious facelift. A couple of years ago a renovation plan was produced lowering the field and adding more box seats. Moving the sky boxes to the upper deck, adding a birm in the outfield along with an entrance pavilion there and a play area for the kids. Also the main concourse was to be expanded and numerous amenities added. A brick "old style" facade was to be built over the entire section that faces The Boulevard. New traing facilities and locker rooms were to be constructed as well. The money was provided by the local muncipalities and it looked like a go. Enter the now former city manager and a development company from D.C. that proposed a new park in Shockoe Bottom. This was beaten down by residents of that area as well as the new mayor Doug Wilder. A plan was then proposed for a new park at the abandoned Fulton Gas Works and this too was defeated. Here we are in '07 and as far as I know there is no serious plan in the works for renovation of The Diamond or building a new park. I can live with a big renovation of The Diamond or a new park. I just want to see baseball stay in Richmond. Time Warner Co., owner of the A-Braves and R-Braves, has the teams up for sale and there may be a sale pending with a large communications company in the summer of '07. I have heard that the Braves did not want to move forward with Richmond ballpark negotiations until the sale was completed. Time will tell.

    Bill in Richmond

    -- 2006-07-29

    My last visit was on the good side. I was fortunate enough to be 3 rows behind home plate, so i saw the game well. However, the video screen was fuzzy and needs refurbishing. Connecticut the Indian is definitely the first thing you notice, as he spies on you as you walk through the gate. Don't do anything stupid around him, or his eyes light up and he takes his giant hand and slaps you all the way to Norfolk. Haha just kidding. The food is good, and for a good price, except for one thing. When i got ice cream in a helmet, they gave me a Toronto Blue Jays helmet. I dont know what went on, but at least the ice cream was good. Anyway, this place needs a few improvements done in the next couple years.

    Luke Nadkarni

    The Diamond is perfect for "retro" fans -- 2006-01-15

    If you are into the 80's - you'll love the Diamond. Each year we travel back to Richmond to catch R-Braves games at the Diamond. I spent many of my teenage nights at that stadium. I love the ballpark because I love baseball - I do not need tons of amusements or snazzy features at a ballpark to keep me coming back. The Diamond to me represents a more simple time when you could go to a game to watch the game - not worry about eating sushi at the park or visiting the "build a stuffed bear station". If Richmond builds a new park it will kill the uniqueness of going to a game in Richmond. If I want to go shopping I'll go to a mall - if I want baseball - I'll go to The Diamond. Richmond do everyone a favor and keep the two separate!

    HarrisburgBrave

    3 stars -- 2004-09-06

    The Diamond was built before the "retro" ballpark fad began, but it has its own unique style. Tickets are cheap & plentiful: $9 for lower bowl and $7 for upper bowl. Stadium is across the street from a Trailways bus depot -- last time I went to a Richmond game, a bus caught on fire in the depot and threw off so much smoke that the game had to be delayed. Nice venue, but in a bad neighborhood ... fortunately the stadium has plenty of parking on premises.

    Chris

    No great shakes, but pleasant enough. -- 2002-03-22

    Kids will like the giant Indian who appears to be climbing out of the main concession stand. Plenty of parking around the stadium. Large and usually clean restrooms. Pretty good sightlines no matter where you sit. A comfortable family park, not too snazzy or memorable to look at, but a nice place to see a game.

    JLP

    THE DIAMOND IS MADE FOR BASEBALL! -- 2001-07-03

    THE DIAMOND IN RICHMOND IS A GREAT STADIUM. YOU GET A COMPLETE VIEW OF THE GAME ANYWHERE IN THE PARK. IT'S BUILT LIKE A MAJOR LEAGUE PARK AND IS IN A CONVENIENT TO REACH PART OF TOWN. ALSO IT IS NEAR INTERSTATE 95 SO OUT OF TOWN VISITORS CAN REACH IT WITHOUT DIFFICULTY.THERE HAS BEEN TALK OF A NEW BALLPARK IN RICHMOND BUT THE DIAMOND IS ONLY TEN YEARS OLD AND STILL A WONDERFUL PLACE TO WATCH A GAME.

    JOHN KINES JR

    Boring and Sterile -- 2001-06-03

    This park is modelled after Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta. It may be demolished in the next few years, as the R-Braves are discussing a new park near downtown. If you are from out of the area and wish to check out a minor league game, you would do much better driving to Norfolk or to Lynchburg.

    Jeff from Charlottesville

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