The Flying Squirrels fill the park nicely for a Thursday-night game.
The field, used since 1954 for baseball, also hosts college games. A soccer field is out beyond right field.
|Chronological Tour: Stop 20|
When I first visited The Diamond, in August 1991, I thought it was one of the greatest things going. The people of Richmond were justifiably proud.
Unfortunately, time seems to have passed this place by. While the seating layout is similar to the quite comfortable Lackawanna Stadium and it does have real grass, all the seating here is on shaped aluminum benches. That included the lower deck until the mid-2000s, when those seats were replaced by more traditional stadium seats. The upper deck still has the benches original to 1985, although several rows near the top have been removed in order to reduce the seating capacity.
There was talk of replacing more seats and making other modifications to the park, which might restore its glory, but the R-Braves were pushing for a new downtown park. When that did not materialize, the club announced plans to move to Gwinnett Co., Ga. (northeast of Atlanta), in 2009. Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl about future occupants of either The Diamond or a new facility still on the drawing board for Richmond. Most recently, it was announced that a team would move here from Norwich, Conn., for the 2010 season.
|43||Sat 17-Aug-1991||International||AAA||Tidewater 9, RICHMOND 3|
|1137||Thu 4-Aug-2011||Eastern||AA||New Hampshire 4, RICHMOND 2|