Richmond Kickers layout $20M City Stadium upgrade wishlist
RICHMOND, Va. — While the exact location of the future home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels is still up in the air, the city’s other professional sports team knows exactly where it wants to be.
The Richmond Kickers, the professional soccer team that has operated in the city for two decades, has submitted a proposed agreement to lease City Stadium from the city for 40 years and pay for $20 million worth of upgrades to the facility during that time.
The proposed agreement follows studies concluded earlier this year by the city to determine the best use for the City Stadium site, which encompasses 22 acres at 3301 Maplewood Ave. just south of Carytown. The lease has been presented to the city and will be considered by City Council at is Dec. 12 meeting.
“This is a great opportunity for the Kickers to make City Stadium our permanent home and to improve the stadium for the city, the neighborhood, the Red Army (the team’s fan group) and the entire soccer community,” said Vernon Inge, president of the Kickers professional team. “We have big plans and we want everyone to be a part of it.”