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Richmond Kickers to lease City Stadium, agree to make improvements

The City Stadium site encompasses 22 acres at 3301 Maplewood Ave., just south of Carytown. (PHOTO: Kieran McQuilkin)

The City Stadium site encompasses 22 acres at 3301 Maplewood Ave., just south of Carytown. (PHOTO: Kieran McQuilkin)

RICHMOND, Va. — With members of the Red Army in attendance, the Richmond Kickers were victorious Monday night in their bid for an ambitious plan for a long-term lease and $20 million in upgrades to the soccer team’s home field.

The Richmond City Council unanimously approved an agreement for the team to lease the city-owned City Stadium for 40 years.

The Kickers would lease the stadium, which sits on 22 acres at 3301 Maplewood Ave. just south of Carytown, for a nominal fee, while paying for all upkeep, utilities and taxes.

The agreement then calls for the team to make $20 million in upgrades in three phases running through 2050. Details and exact specs of the upgrades, as well as exactly how the team will fund the project, are still in the works.

The Kickers have said the plan is to keep and build onto the bones of the existing structure to create a modern facility and build on the team’s recent momentum.

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