The Diamond baseball stadium was constructed between the 1984 and 1985 baseball seasons to replace its predecessor, the aging Parker Field. Prior to construction, the City of Richmond and the neighboring counties of Chesterfield and Henrico agreed to absorb any shortfall in operating revenue and debt repayment. The remaining funds were raised through private sector donations and lease of the facility’s Superboxes.
The Diamond officially opened its gates on April 17, 1985 as home to the AAA Minor League Team, the former Richmond Braves. The stadium has a seating capacity of 9,200. Of those seats, 9,200 are stadium seats and 116 are in the 15 luxury Superboxes, available for lease by area corporations for employees and social events. The Braves announced their relocation to Gwinnett County, Georgia in 2008.
Over the years, The Diamond has undergone a number of improvements and upgrades such as new lighting, a drainage system, upgraded playing field and new fencing and gates. This fiscal year, the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team began its third season at The Diamond. Since the team’s first pitch in 2010, The Squirrels have drawn record crowds to the facility, and is one of the top attendance leaders in the Minor League Baseball Eastern League.
While a regional solution on a new or renovated stadium is yet to be resolved, the Authority will continue to partner with the Squirrels to provide a safe, family-friendly environment at The Diamond for baseball fans and player alike.