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3001 N. Blvd.
Richmond, VA

Stadium Opened: 1985
Capacity: 9,560
Dimensions: LF- 330 ft.  CF- 402 ft.   RF- 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • $3 (in 2012)
  • Located off the Voulevard exit off I-95.
  • The majority of the parking is in the outfield in a paved lot, but there is also parking surrounding the stadium.

 

Food:

  • Concessions seemed a bit pricier than other Double A ballparks.
  • Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Root Beer Floats, Kettle Corn, Nachos, etc.
  • Nothing too memorable.

 

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Advertising banners cover the last few rows of the upper deck
  • The gold bench seats in the upper deck are all general admission seating. These seats are just metal benches with backs.
  • The upper deck is mostly covered by a large concrete roof which slants upwards.
  • In 2004, one of the concrete beams supporting the roof fell but luckily no one was hurt.
  • There are 6,200 seats on the lower level which are dark green with cup holders. These were installed in 2009 to replace red bench seats.
  • Team store is called The Squirrels Nest.
  • Concourses are a bit cramped.
  • The concourse is open to the field behind home plate.
  • Nice Landscaping

Atmosphere/Character:

Attendance is very good at The Diamond so the atmosphere is pretty good as a result. There are two mascots which seemed to be pretty popular, "Zinger" (an acorn) and "Nutzy" (I think he is supposed to be a flying squirrel, but he looks more like a bat with a cape on). Both mascots were very active throughout the game and seemed to be adored by the kids.

There seemed to be a real sense of community pride throughout the ballpark. There were many hand drawn posters by local students of "Nutzy" and concession items, etc. These posters are located throughout the concourse. There was also posters from the last few opening day games where the fans got to sign their name to the poster.

"Nutzy"

  • Free programs - "The Nutshell".
  • The focus is on baseball. There is not an annoying amount of sound effects.

 

Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:

  • "Road to the Show" posters on the concourse walls.
  • A few concession items were named in recognition of the San Francisco and the Giants: The Golden Gate Burger, The Giant Burger, and the Trolley Dog.

 

Overall Rating:

Review based on stadium visit on 6/23/12. Click on the date for game photos.

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com