They've already sold out tickets for the Flying Squirrels opening game — doesn't that say something about where the games are played? Will moving The Diamond do for baseball what moving the fairgrounds did for the State Fair? Leave well enough alone. There's lots of nostalgia going to the old baseball park: We love it.
Edwin Slipek's essay, "Off the Boulevard", was very much on point. The Diamond, home of the Richmond Squirrels, does need to be moved. Please let the general manager, Lou DiBella, know that Hanover County should be the next home of a Richmond franchise for baseball. Has the commission considered land beside the Creighton-Interstate 295 corridor? There are about 300 acres well hidden off Route 615 under the 295 overpass. Easy access to downtown; easy access to 295 North and South; easy access to Interstate 64 East and West. Hotels are close by along with eateries.
Just what Richmond needs — more retail opportunity, and for something else to move out of the city to the 'burbs, creating more vacant, dilapidating buildings. I think not. The Richmond Flying Squirrels should stay in Richmond for these reasons: to maintain a variety of cultural activities centrally available to and easily accessible from the Richmond region; to draw pedestrian activity to an otherwise desolate industrial corridor; to draw customers to businesses on the Boulevard; to encourage new businesses to locate or relocate based on potential incentives from the city; and to maintain a city-based business in the city, preventing moving ever outward to the surrounding counties.
Reasons why not to replace The Diamond with retail and residential: a plethora of nearby vacant condos and ample Targets and Home Depots. And, by the way, there's more to life than retail shopping! I, for one, a resident of the city, do not want to see big box popping up in my ball field!