May 20th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

A new ballpark shared with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) could anchor a Virginia Commonwealth University athletic complex, under concepts unveiled by university officials.  In the fall of 2016, it was announced that the Flying Squirrels, VCU and the City of Richmond had agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding a new ballpark near The Diamond–home to both the Flying Squirrels and VCU baseball. No firm plans have moved forward since, but the site of an existing Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) warehouse across Hermitage Road from The Diamond is being eyed for a VCU athletic complex that might include a baseball facility. VCU is seeking to obtain the site as part of a land transfer, and would redevelop the property with off-campus athletic facilities. Three different concepts for the complex were presented to the Virginia House of Delegates’ appropriations committee on Monday, including two that would be anchored by a new ballpark. VCU officials are pitching the complex, which could also include an indoor tennis center and practice fields, as vital to long-term plans for its athletic department. – Zach Spedden, ballparkdigest – Read More

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