E. Claiborne Robins Stadium – Richmond Spiders
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Robins Stadium opened on September 18, 2010 when Richmond knocked off Elon in overtime 27-21, in front of a sellout crowd. The stadium is named for E. Claiborne Robins, in recognition for decades of support to the University of Richmond athletics program. In addition to being the home of Spider football, it is also the home to Richmond’s lacrosse, soccer, and track and field. The all-brick façade of the stadium fits in well with the surrounding campus buildings. Despite seating less than 10,000 fans, the stadium is beautiful, intimate, and serves as the perfect home for the Spider football program.
Food & Beverage 5
A wide variety of concession items are available at Robins Stadium for reasonable prices. Concession items range from hot dogs ($3 + $1 for chili), cheeseburgers ($4), chicken tenders ($5) steak and cheese subs ($7), and Papa John’s Pizza ($7). Also available for $7 is the Coaches Choice Cowboy Burger that includes an angus burger, American cheese, onion rings, and BBQ sauce. Side items include fries ($3), nachos with cheese ($5), popcorn ($3), and soft pretzel ($4). Healthy items such as mixed fruit cups ($4) and veggie cups ($4) are also available.
Coke products are offered as fountain drinks. A medium fountain drink in $3 and a large is $4. The large drinks can be refilled for $1 at any time that game or throughout the season. Bottled water, coffee, and hot chocolate is also available.
Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted at the concession stands, and the lines move quickly. Other concession options are the food trucks in the end zone areas that include Buzz and Ned’s BBQ and Sweet Frog Ice Cream.
Robins Stadium features split level grandstands on each side of the playing field, with the east grandstands being slightly higher than the west grandstands. Atop the west grandstands sit the suites, while the press box sits atop the west grandstands. There are three sections of chair back seats between the 30s in the west grandstands. All the other seats in the stadium are bench back. One interesting item of note is that the Richmond team bench is on the west sideline, opposite the press box. The playing surface consists of field turf, with the giant spider logo at midfield. A large 20’ by 35’ video board stands 75 feet above the north end zone. It features both replay and live video, in-game stats, and out of town scores (which is updated throughout the game!). There is a track surrounding the field, but it does not take away from the experience of the game. This is due to the fact the first row of seats is elevated quite a bit above the field level, providing great sight lines for even the lower rows.
While the University of Richmond does not have a marching band, they have a different area high school band perform for each game. These bands perform a pre-game and halftime show, the national anthem, and play the Richmond fight song throughout the game. After each Richmond score, a large bell on the east grandstands rings.
Due to the size of Robins Stadium and all seats either chair back or bench back, there is not a bad seat in the house. Sight lines are great from anywhere the stadium.
Robins Stadium sits in the northern part of campus near the Robins Center (home of Richmond basketball) and Pitt Field (home of Richmond baseball). Many of the parking lots in the vicinity of these three venues fill up with tailgaters before the game. The campus is beautiful, clean, and well kept up. Westhampton Lake is a short walk from the stadium and is a great place to bike or jog around. There is also a bridge that crosses the lake with a nice gazebo on one side.
Richmond is the capital city, so in the downtown area there are many museums, the capitol building, and Monument Avenue that can be visited. If you are looking for shopping or dining, take a 15 minute drive to the Short Pump area which offers several restaurants and a two level outdoor mall.
Marriott is the official hotel of the Spiders, so if you are looking to spend the night check out the Visitors Guide for a list of Marriott hotels in the Richmond area that offer special U of R rates.
While the Spiders’ fan base may not be as large as some FCS powers, they are undoubtedly a passionate and committed bunch. Expect at least 8,000 fans for every game, and a sellout for conference games. Fans are engaged in the game and get loud on third downs and big plays. You will also hear U of R chants at times throughout the game.
Being on campus, Robins Stadium can be a little difficult to find, but if you point your GPS to the address for Robins Stadium you shouldn’t have a problem. Not familiar with the campus or where to go once you park? No problem. There are signs around campus directing you to the stadium and how many minutes’ walk it is. Many of the parking lots surrounding the stadium are reserved for Spiders’ donors, but general parking is well marked and is free. There are entrance gates on the east and west sidelines and in the south end zone. Bags are checked upon entrance, but the attendants are friendly. Both paper and mobile tickets are available. The concourses under each grandstand are clean and spacious. The restrooms are also clean. Handicap seating is available on each side of the stadium.
Return on Investment 4
Tickets are $15 for non-conference games and $30 for conference games. This may seem a little high for FCS, but given the quality of competition in the CAA, this is not bad. Concession prices are also reasonable and parking is free.
Robins Stadium has several features that give it extra points that are worth noting. First, is the friendliness of the staff, from ticket takers to ushers to concession workers. These folks are all extra friendly and thank you for coming to the game.
A second extra point is for the free game program.
A third extra point is for the Sweet Frog Family Fun Zone in the end zone. This area features games and activities for kids and families, while still being able to view the game from field level.
Finally, a fourth extra point is for the free parking at various points around campus and the friendly parking staff who help direct you to where these areas are.
The CAA is one of the top football conferences in the FCS, and the Spiders are often competitive in the league. This ensures that you will see competitive, high quality football at any visit to Robins Stadium. Combine this with a beautiful stadium, passionate fans, and affordable prices, you have a great football experience in the capitol city of Virginia. While FBS programs such as Virginia Tech and Virginia are definitely more well known in the state, a visit to Robins Stadium is definitely a must for college football fans in the Commonwealth.
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I was surprised to find that a stadium that was renovated in the last three years would not have more of a capacity than Robins Stadium, but I believe that is part of the charm and creates an intimate atmosphere at football games.