Home to the Eastern League’s Richmond Flying Squirrels, The
Diamond, which also served as home for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A
affiliate for 23 years, has long been recognized as one of the
premier parks on the East Coast.
Operated by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority and leased by the Rams, The Diamond has a seating capacity of 9,560. The ballpark not only offers fans a spectacular view from anywhere in the stadium, but also comes complete with a full-service 150-seat restaurant overlooking the playing field, modern concession facilities and more than 15 superboxes for corporate and private entertaining.
The Diamond is equipped with a
spacious press box for working media as well as radio and
television booths. Photographer and television bays are also
available at field level.
The stadium has also provided the Black and Gold with one of the best home-field advantages in all of college baseball. Since the beginning of the 1998 season, the Rams have compiled an impressive 258-95 record in home games, a winning percentage of nearly 75 percent. VCU has also won at least 20 games at The Diamond in seven of the past 11 seasons. The Rams set a school record with 22 straight home victories spanning the end of the 2000 season through the start of the 2001 campaign.
FACTS ABOUT THE DIAMOND
Surface: Natural Grass
Distances: LF-330, CF-402, RF-330
First VCU game: April 26, 1985 vs. Virginia Tech
First VCU win: April 26, 1985 vs. Virginia Tech (16-9)
First VCU homerun: James Austin (March 10, 1986) vs. Atlantic Christian
Best single-season home record: 29-4 (.879) in 2003
VCU’s CAA Record at The Diamond: 121-67 (.645)
Overall VCU Record at The Diamond: 474-202-2 (.701)
Largest crowd for VCU game: 5,421 (May 3, 2011 vs. Virginia)
DID YOU KNOW?
The Diamond hosted two International League All-Star Games - in 1985 and 1992. Former and current Major League Baseball players, such as Chipper Jones, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Javy Lopez, Brett Butler, Ryan Klesko and Mark Lemke, among others, have called The Diamond home during their professional careers.