The Richmond Braves, the minor league farm team for the Atlanta Braves, holds all its home games at the Diamond on the Boulevard just northwest of downtown Richmond.
The Diamond may not be home of the Braves much longer. A proposed new downtown baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom is said to produce a new and more intimate site for the Richmond Braves. The plan calls for a two or three story ballpark with 7500 seats on a 12-acre site east of Main Street Station in an area between Broad and Franklin Streets. Many people in Church Hill and Shockoe Bottom, nearest the proposed site, are opposed because of increased traffic and a real parking dilemma. Those of you who have visited Richmond know that parking slots are already at a premium before the first shovelful of dirt is turned. Fortunately, the Shockoe Bottom proposal isn't a done deal as of April, 2004.
I'm for keeping the Braves at the Diamond. Making repairs at the existing stadium is far less expensive. It's not like the Diamond is in the hinterlands of Brandermill. It is close enough to downtown to where you can see the taller buildings from the cheap seats. Get a clue, folks, and leave well enough alone!
Equipment: A good sturdy catcher's mit to catch any foul balls that make the stands. A hard hat may come in handy because recently a piece of concrete from the roof fell into the stands and, by the grace of God, missed a loyal Richmond Braves fan.
If you are in Richmond for a weekend during baseball season, you have to check out the Richmond Diamond and watch one of the Richmond Brave's games. The Richmond Braves is the AAA farm club team for the Atlanta Braves, and they usually don't do to well, which is probably a good thing for Atlanta because that means they have all the good players. Anyways, the stadium itself is pretty old, and is in really good condition. It is an open stadium and is really nice at nighttime because you can see the outline of the city outside the stadium. I am a huge fan of basebal, so naturally I recommend this hands down, but on a serious note, I would make a real serious effort to go to one of the games if you get the oppurtunity. You get a great rush from watching the game, and if you happen to get a close game, the pressure just tenses even more. It is nothing like seeing a sports event live, so don't forget about the Diamond on your next trip to Richmond. Make sure you eat before you get to the diamond because the vendors can be pretty expensive (Ex. $3 for a bottled water), and the Diamond grill is okay, nothing to brag about. Also if you are in town during 4th of July, no fireworks show in Richmond can beat the Diamond's. The best part is watching the game and then the lights go out and boom, boom, bam, fireworks are shooting off literally a couple of hundred of feet away. It is such a wonderful experience.
Equipment: No equipment necessary, except a glove if you want to catch a foul ball for a souvenir.
A minor league baseball game is always a great, inexpensive outing. Richmond's team is known as the Braves and they play at the Diamond.