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LETTER: Stabilize the Stadium

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Regarding John Gerner's Back Page opinion essay about the need for regional cooperation for a new baseball stadium, I still wonder why we need a new stadium. The Richmond Flying Squirrels are looking for a more fan-friendly venue but, last I knew, they were leading the league in attendance despite their poor on-field performance — and their store sells more items than most teams. I read too that a new stadium would likely have less seats than The Diamond even though there have been a number of sell-outs this year. Huh?

A stadium in Shockoe Bottom makes no sense to me. Easy access and parking are very important to suburbanites who are used to going to the mall. As Gerner noted, most of the Squirrels' fans come from the 'burbs. And as one person pointed out, how are you going to have a fireworks display next to Interstate 95?

Since the Diamond is only 28 years old, are we to assume that any new $50 million-plus stadium will only have that useful life as well? I say let's table the subject until 2025, the 40th anniversary of The Diamond. My guess is that until then fans will keep coming to The Diamond and the Squirrels won't leave town.

John Clark
Chesterfield

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