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Having a ball in Richmond
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The Squirrels become the Ardillas Voladoras at select games. | Photo courtesy of the Flying Squirrels
Whether you’re a sports fanatic — or just look good in VCU black and gold — when it comes to sports, Richmond has a number of teams to support.

In this guide, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Richmond sports.

⚾️ Richmond Flying Squirrels (MiLB) | Est. 2010

The Squirrels came to Richmond over a decade ago, bringing baseball back to the River City following the Braves’ departure in 2008.

Where they play: The Diamond
  • Built in 1985 as a new home for the Braves
  • Seating capacity of 9,560 for Squirrels games
  • Will be replaced as part of the first phase of the Diamond District development
Mascot: Nutzy and Nutasha
Team colors: Red, black, gray, white
Major accomplishments:
  • Won the 2022 Eastern League Southwest Division First-Half Championship in 2022
  • Opening night at The Diamond has been a sell-out crowd for 13 seasons running.
See the team’s schedule.

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The Kickers are cheered on by the Red Army.

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Photo by Jessica Stone Hendricks Photography

⚽️ Richmond Kickers (USL League One) | Est. 1993

The longest continuously-running professional soccer club in the country, the Kickers have been the pride of the River City for three decades.

Where they play: City Stadium
  • Opened in 1929, Kickers began playing there in 1995
  • Seating capacity of 6,000
  • Recently renovated to include sky decks, group boxes, and a party patio
Mascot: Kickeroo
  • A fuzzy kangaroo sporting a soccer jersey and plenty of sass
  • Likes: throwing mini soccer balls into the stands, staying cool, encouraging the Red Army
Team colors: Red and white
  • Changed their colors from green and blue in 2001
  • Redesigned logo for 20th anniversary
  • Shop for merch.
Major accomplishments:
  • Won the regular season title in 2006, 2007, 2013, and 2022
  • Won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1995
See the team’s schedule.
 
Asked
 
What is the most popular sport in the US (according to viewership and TV ratings)?

A. Baseball
B. Soccer
C. Basketball
D. Football
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 26
  • Friday Cheers: RVA Music Night | Friday, May 26 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 9th St., Richmond | $15 | Local acts Butcher Brown, Celler Dwellers, and Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers will take the stage.
Saturday, May 27
  • Third Eye Comics Grand Re-Opening Sale | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Third Eye Comics Short Pump, 11575 W. Broad St., Henrico | Free | Get there early to try to score a free t-shirt and enjoy 20% off graphic novels, manga, toys, games, and back-issues all day.
  • Poetry Reading: Richard Rose | Saturday, May 27 | 2-4 p.m. | RPL Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond | Free | The local writer and composer will read from “House of A Thousand Rooms,” “Forms of Resistance,” and “Death on his Heels in Richmond.”
  • Richmond Symphony Big Tent Performance | Saturday, May 27 | 7 p.m. | Abner Clay Park, 200 W. Clay St., Richmond | Free | Join the Black History Museum and Richmond Symphony for a free outdoor concert featuring the music of Florence Price, Joseph Bologne, and VA native Adolphus Hailstork.
Sunday, May 28
  • Black Tusk | Sunday, May 28 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St., Richmond | $15 | Come out for a night of sludge metal with Restless Spirit and Half Past Dead.
Tuesday, May 30
  • Flying Squirrels vs. Erie SeaWolves | Tuesday, May 30 | 6:35 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $10-$25 | The first 1,000 fans ages 21 and up will get a free mesh trucker hat for Scott’s Addition Night.
  • Panel Discussion: We Still Need Diverse Books | Tuesday, May 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $5 | Register by midnight on Monday to hear representatives from the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books share insights into the publishing industry.
Click here to have your event featured.
 
 
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Wellness
 
👀 Trivia time: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen?
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Can you guess what’s “clean” vs. “dirty?” | Photos via Athletic Greens and public use
Spring + summer = fresh produce seasons — so you need to know which fruits and veggies are pesticide heavy (vs. more on the clean side).
  • Kale: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Papaya: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Tomatoes: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
Know exactly what you’re putting into your body by incorporating AG1 into your diet (bonus: there’s a special offer available now).*
 
News Notes
 
Traffic
  • Operate with caution on Arthur Ashe Boulevard from Monday, May 29-Friday, June 9. DPW will close the curb lane and sidewalks at the Ellen Road, Grove Avenue, Grace Street, and Main Street intersections for repair work. There will be similar closures at Chamberlayne and North Avenue.
  • The plan to add a new interchange at I-64 and Gayton Road near Short Pump is moving forward after an endorsement from VDOT. Next, it’ll need approval from the Federal Highway Administration. (Richmond BizSense)
Sports
Try This
  • Explore the future of space travel at the Science Museum of Virginia’s newest exhibit, opening tomorrow. “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” uses interactive and multimedia components to give visitors a glimpse into the cosmos. It’ll remain open until Labor Day. Get tickets.
Community
  • Learn more about the future of planning in Richmond at PlanRVA Day on Thursday, June 1. The planning district commission will host talks, networking opportunities, and a film screening to foster community conversations. Topics include regional trails, public art, and the environment. Register for free.
Festival
  • Local mental health support group Feel Good RVA is hosting a festival at Tang & Biscuit on Friday, June 10 from 3-10 p.m. Live + Let Live 2023 will have two stages with local bands and a vendor market. Proceeds will go towards NAMI and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Number
  • $1,370. That’s the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city, according to Apartments.com. That’s a decrease of around $67 per month from last year. The average two bedroom goes for $1,752/month. (ABC 8News)
Eat
  • Gelati Celesti is continuing their local flavor collaboration series with Shagbark’s Sticky Toffee Ice Cream, created in collaboration with Walter Bundy of Shagbark restaurant. Try it starting Tuesday, May 30.
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History
 
Spot historic signs at The Valentine’s new exhibit
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Explore Richmond’s history through signage at the new exhibit. | Images courtesy The Valentine
A new exhibit exploring the history of Richmond signs opened yesterday at the Valentine.

The visual history on display in “Sign Spotting” includes signs you’d recognize from iconic local businesses, such as the neon Robin Inn sign. It also has signs that illustrate Richmond’s complex history, like public facility signs from the Jim Crow era.

The museum is offering free admission tomorrow in honor of “Sign Spotting.” It also has free admission every Thursday. The exhibit is suitable for all ages will remain open through May 2024.

Pro tip: As it is currently in the midst of a major renovation, the Valentine parking lot is closed. Parking is available in the MCV Visitor Parking Deck at 529 N. 12th St. — get your parking validated at the front desk before leaving the museum. You can also walk, bike, or take the Pulse to the VCU Medical Center station.
 
 
Shoutout
 
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Your voice is valuable, and so are the special moments in your life. | Graphic by 6AM City
Shoutouts allow us to celebrate job promotions, anniversaries, and exciting experiences right here in Richmond.

Become a RICtoday member today to reserve your shoutout and celebrate with tens of thousands of locals.
 
Answered
 
On Wednesday we asked for your thoughts on the riverfront amphitheater project. Here’s what you said:
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A rendering depicts the riverfront project, set to open in 2025. | Photo courtesy 3North
When asked to rate their level of excitement for a new riverfront amphitheater, 72% of respondents said they were very excited, 21% said somewhat excited, and ~7% said not excited. Over 90% of respondents said they’d be extremely or somewhat likely to attend a show at the new venue.

Readers also sent in their wishes for future shows. Acts like Phish, Indigo Girls, Boyz II Men, Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews Band, and boygenius got multiple shoutouts.
 
The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Are you doing anything to observe Memorial Day this weekend? Make sure to check the forecast — it’s looking a bit on the rainy side.
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