- Nov 2, 2013
"The Flying Squirrels" play "Yard Goats" with Nutsy "going nuts", the big time, methinks we'll be OK wth what we have.
I was just there a couple of weeks ago. It could have been maintained, should be renovated. 36 years old is NOT old. 20 million dollars for something you'll be demolishing 36 years later is an outrage.
My opinion on The Diamond is not a needle in a haystack, people who know their stuff also agree, hearing it live from professional announcers during one of our games verified my thoughts.
Riding high on a gazillion dollar budget for a sport that's less than fully embraced justifies working with what we already have. How many on this forum have attended more than 3 games a year there, in any year?
Sounds like it was functioning as well as the shot clock at the Stu.I was out at the Diamond for the A-10 Championship game. Half of the scoreboard did not even work. The runs tracked by inning did not work. They were keeping track of the inning by using the "AB" number. Runs were being tracked under "Hits". The rest of the scoreboard that keeps track of innings, runs, hits and errors were completely dark. How embarrassing is that when you are hosting a D1 college post-season conference tournament!!!
VCU is (supposedly) stepping up. They're acquiring the necessary land and will probably take the lead in building the new ballpark, though it interestingly was not part of their most recent master plan (the ballpark is separate from the VCU Athletic Village).Well if not VCU, then Chesterfield, Henrico/Hanover will need to step up. I wonder if Green City has a space for a baseball stadium?
36 years for a sports stadium is old but it is also important to note that old does not mean the building isn't functional. Maybe if the stadium had been updated over the years it would be a different story. But little to no care has gone into the venue which has helped accelerate the aging process.
I would get behind a VCU only baseball facility.... as long as it happens as quickly as possibleproblem has always been the stadium project never made money for the city of richmond and counties that supported initially
MiLB owners rely upon ciites to subsidize/own/build stadiums and typically get favorable leases that allow owners to make money - rare for owners to put a lot of their own capital at risk and financing is usually structured for owners personal assets to be free from any claims of bondholders in case of default
for example, Fredricksburg has agreed to contribute a little over $1 million annually to pay debt service on the bonds used to finance construction- Fredricksburg expects to get $600-700k annually in new tax revenues from events at the stadium and then will have to come up with another $300k to 400k in net income from activities to break even (city gets to use the stadium for like 180 days a year for concerts etc. - ) so other than the amenity they are providing to their citizens, probably no return on their investment and use of debt capacity to finance (financing is done through a conduit organization, (Fredricksburg Economic Development authority) so technically Fredricksburg has no risk for default on bonds
Not a lot of teams/owners reinvest in fixing and modernizing stadiums they play in but don't own, and localities rarely reinvest in those buildings until there are critical deficiencies like falling concrete
I am still the lonely voice here encouraging VCU to build its own 2500-4000 seat baseball stadium
Verifiable facts from a trusted source. I always thought you were reasonable MM. Do you just not like baseball?I'm no expert but no offense, I don't for one second believe that. Sounds like what I'd tell my dad when needing money for new tires and I wouldn't settle for the basics. But yeah 4 wheeling in hatteras did require better. He'd always said champagne taste on a water budget.
I saw nearly every home braves game from the back fence... we were the punks who occupied the back fence directly under the scoreboard for nearly the entire game when the fence slats used to be horizontal, instead of vertical. It was there and at that time where I perfected my atomic belch to distract opposing outfielders- I could get A thru Z two and a half times in one belch, as a youngin. I grew up on grace near blvd, so Parker Field was a very short walk and where our parents knew we could go and get out of their hair- in the Chico Ruiz days.Verifiable facts from a trusted source. I always thought you were reasonable MM. Do you just not like baseball?