The Diamond – VCU Rams
The Ram’s Diamond
Virginia Commonwealth University is located in Richmond, VA. The school is probably best known for its basketball team who went from the first four to the final four in 2011. However, the baseball team has had postseason success as well winning five CAA championships (before moving to the Atlantic 10 in 2013), and appearing in eight NCAA regionals. VCU plays its home games at The Diamond, which it shares with the double A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
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There are many concession stands at The Diamond; however, for VCU games the main concession stand on the first base side is the only one open. This is sufficient for most VCU games, but when I attended, VCU was playing crosstown-rival Richmond and the concession line was packed the entire game.
Expect typical stadium food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders. These prices run from $2.50 to $6.50. All of these can also be sold as a combo which includes a 20 oz Pepsi product and small fries for $5 more. A couple of extra items of note that stand out include BBQ Pork Nachos ($7.50) and BBQ Pork Cheese Fries ($7.50). Beverages include bottled Pepsi products for $4. Beer is also available: 16 oz domestic draft for $6.50 and a 32 oz domestic draft for $11.
The Diamond is a huge chunk on concrete that resembles a cut-out of the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The stadium was built in 1985 and its age definitely shows, and it is a stadium whose time has passed. However, when the Flying Squirrels moved into the stadium in 2010, all 3,200 seats in the lower bowl were replaced.
The lower bowl is all that is open for VCU games, and gives you somewhat more of an intimate experience, since only a few hundred fans attend VCU games.
Even though the seating is general admission, the majority of VCU fans will sit above the third base dugout. The suites at The Diamond are also available for VCU games. Even though seating is limited to the lower bowl, The Diamond is just too big for VCU. The program would be better suited with a more intimate ballpark with a capacity of just 1,000-1,500.
There is not much to do right around The Diamond. Across the street from the stadium is the Greyhound Bus Station, and on either side of the ballpark is the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Sports Backers Stadium, home of the VCU soccer team.
There is really nowhere to eat within walking distance.
Your best bet is to drive toward downtown on N Boulevard. Along N Boulevard, you will find several restaurants including Buz and Ned’s BBQ, En Su Boca, Growlers to Go, among others. If you are looking for more food choices, head approximately two miles south to Carytown. There is also a movie theater nearby, Bowtie Cinemas, which is housed in an old manufacturing warehouse. Also nearby is the Washington Redskins Training Center, the Virginia Science Museum, and the Virginia History Museum.
For a typical VCU home game, expect approximately a couple hundred fans in attendance. When the Rams are hosting crosstown conference rival Richmond, you can expect close to 1,000 fans in attendance with the crowd being split about 50/50 Rams and Spiders fans. Once a year when VCU hosts Virginia, expect a crowd of 3,000-4,000 in attendance.
Since VCU students get in for free, expect some student support. VCU fans are involved in the game and cheer at the appropriate times; however, the large ballpark makes it feel that there are fewer in attendance than there really are.
The Diamond is located just off of Interstates 95 and 64 near downtown Richmond, and is easy to get to from wherever you may be traveling from, including Richmond International Airport.
For VCU games, there is plenty of free parking all around the ballpark.
Tickets can be bought at the ticket window near the main entrance, with both cash and card accepted. Even though the concourses seem cramped and small, they do not get busy for VCU games. Restrooms are located on the first and third base lines and have diaper changing stations. There is an elevator near the main entrance for the handicapped, and a large handicapped seating area on the concourse level.
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Tickets for adults are $7 and are $4 for youth/senior. For the UVA game, tickets are $10. Group tickets are also available for groups of 15 or more. For this, tickets are only $3 if purchased more than 24 hours in advance. VCU also offers season tickets for only $40, which is a can’t beat deal if you live in the Richmond area and enjoy college baseball! Free parking and affordable concessions make VCU baseball a great deal.
One extra point for the free game programs and rosters that are available.
While The Diamond is unmistakably the home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, if you enjoy college baseball and are in the Richmond area, a VCU game is a fun, entertaining, and affordable experience.
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Bigger stadiums are great for professional teams and college powerhouses, but this one just doesn’t make a good fit for the VCU Rams.