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86º | 3% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:53 a.m. | Sunset 8:34 p.m.

🌿 The Ivy keep growing on Richmond
Richmond Ivy vs Lancaster FC 6-28-24
The Richmond Ivy’s final home game of 2024 brought 5,841 fans to City Stadium.|Photo by Jessica Stone Hendricks
In the final game of their inaugural season, a home game against Lancaster Inferno FC, the Richmond Ivy filled the stands with 5,841 supporters. It was, appropriately, Fan Appreciation Night at City Stadium.

The attendance on Friday, June 28, was second only to their first game ever, which sold out the 6,000 seat stadium in May. Over the course of six home games, the Ivy brought a total of 28,866 fans to City Stadium — that’s an average of 4,811 attendees per match for their first season.

Richmond Ivy vs Lancaster FC 6-28-24

The attendance at the Ivy’s home closer was second only to their home opener, which sold out the 6,000 seat stadium.


Photo by Jessica Stone Hendricks

From City Editor David: I was at the game on Friday, and it was by far the fullest I’ve ever seen City Stadium. The weather was unseasonably temperate, with hardly a cloud in the sky. Plus, the crowd’s excitement was palpable, and it felt like nearly everyone was in some sort of Ivy merch.

My favorite thing, however, was just how many young kids I saw absolutely enraptured by the game playing out on the pitch. The River City might not have any major league sports, but that doesn’t mean our teams don’t have a major impact on Richmonders.

Though the Ivy fell short of a victory on Friday night — when the dust settled, the final score favored Lancaster 4-2, leaving Richmond with a season record of 6-5-1 — the night was still a win for fans of River City soccer.

Richmond Ivy vs Lancaster FC 6-28-24

The Ivy finished their season with a 6-5-1 record.


Photo by Jessica Stone Hendricks

Side note: Tomorrow evening the Kickers will play their first nationally televised game since 2018 — and it’s at home. The Red Out game against Forward Madison FC will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $17.
Wednesday, July 3
  • Movie Matinees: “National Treasure” | Wednesday, July 3 | 2-5 p.m. | RPL West End Branch, 5420 Patterson Ave., Richmond | Free | Snacks will be provided at this screening of the classic Nicolas Cage adventure flick.
  • “Labyrinth” | Wednesday, July 3 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | Jim Henson’s fantasy film stars Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, and an imaginative cast of puppet creatures.
Thursday, July 4
  • Red, White, and Lights 2024 | Thursday, July 4 | 4-10 p.m. | Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen | Free entry | Celebrate with live music, food trucks, kids activities, and a laser light show.
  • Independence Day at the Virginia State Capitol | Thursday, July 4 | 5-9 p.m. | Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank St., Richmond | Free entry | Get ready for a special Fourth of July celebration with bands, speakers, food trucks, the specialty ice cream flavor Apple Doodle Dandy.
  • 2024 Fourth of July Celebration | Thursday, July 4 | 5-10 p.m. | Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield | Free entry | Bring the family for kids activities, food vendors, live music by The Morgan Lynsey Band, and a fireworks show.
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News Notes
  • Plans are in the works for a new ice hockey facility in Chesterfield boasting two NHL-sized rinks. The facility is the next project of Fred Festa, the developer behind the Ice Den in Powhatan. (Richmond BizSense)
  • The intersection of Cary and Libbie will be closed today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews will be installing new mast arms for the traffic signals.
  • Riverbend Coffee resumed roasting operations yesterday for the first time since their machine went down in May. Beans will be available for sale again starting tomorrow.
  • Local author Rachel McRady will discuss her debut novel, “Sun Seekers,” at the Twin Hickory Library on Saturday, July 27. Get a sneak peak into what she has to say with this recent interview. (VPM)
  • Former State Senator Siobhan Dunnavant has been appointed to VCU’s board of visitors. Dunnavant was appointed by Governor Youngkin and her four-year term began yesterday. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
⚾️ The Chili Peppers keep on swinging
A player for the tri city chili peppers points to the stands gleefully after hitting a home run
The Tri-City Chili Peppers play home games in Colonial Heights’ Shepherd Stadium.|Photo via Tri-City Chili Peppers
The Ivy’s season might have come to a close, but summer sports still abound around the Richmond region. If you’re willing to drive a little farther south, the Tri-City Chili Peppers are having a blast in Colonial Heights.

Here are a few games we’re looking forward to this month:

Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks | July 4
Didn’t snag a ticket in time for the Squirrels game? Enjoy some Fourth of July fireworks at Shepherd Stadium this year.

Day Game | July 17
Baseball matinee, anyone? These mid-week morning games begin at 10:30 a.m.

Star Wars Night | July 19
We have a good feeling about this Friday evening game.

Wagging Wednesday | July 24
To paraphrase a certain four-legged fandogs, too, like baseball.

Fan Appreciation with Fireworks | July 27
Close out the season with a fireworks display and a game against the Wilmington Sharks.
The Buy
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The Wrap
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My other favorite part of the Ivy game last Friday? Getting to snack on my girlfriend’s Rainbow Dippin’ Dots throughout the game — next time I’ll pony up for my own dots.
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