|Proposed stadium in Richmond would have 6,200 permanent seats, 1,000 temps.|
Municipal stadium financing continues as a source of considerable bemusement for me. Cities that can’t fix their aging sewer lines and pot-holed streets are throwing up multi-million dollar stadiums, and the cities involved aren’t just big ones.
Case in point: Richmond, which is looking to construct a 6,200 fixed-seat (plus 1,000 portable seats) baseball stadium in Socko Bottom. The stadium will cost $48 million and is expected to last 35 years, according to the Times-Dispatch.
The Richmond Economic Development Authority wants to rent the stadium to the professional Flying Squirrels for $1.7 million a year over 30 years beginning in 2016 and is looking at selling naming rights for $600,000 a year, defraying the Squirrels' costs.
The total development plan for the area "includes a slavery memorial, a hotel, a grocery store, 750 apartments and a parking deck," according to the T-D and one suspects the city is looking for quite an economic boost.
|Salem Memorial Stadium at dusk. The view is unparallelled.|
The Richmond's baseball stadium (regardless of its name) will house seats that cost $7,742 each. Salem's seats cost $1,603 each ($2,468 in 2013 dollars).
Richmond plays in the AA Eastern League, Salem's Red Sox play a step down in the Carolina League (which they won last year), but have an equal stadium and if you take the view into consideration, I think you'll consider Salem's park the better bargain--by far.
(Richmond stadium drawing: Times-Dispatch. Salem Stadium is my photo.)