There’s one problem with this “trend” and that is the City of Richmond.Back in the day most stadiums/arenas were in downtown areas. Then starting in the late 60s/early 70 a trend developed for building them in the suburbs. Over the past couple of decades the trend has come back to downtown stadiums/arenas for a reason, that's what people prefer (versus having to drive 10 miles for stuff) and that it's the best way to attract people and events.
I don't understand how people haven't observed the trend.
No reason to throw shade on what Henrico is doing. Be glad that they’ve stepped up to make this happen.