RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Squirrels and Minor League Baseball were promised a new stadium when the team came to Richmond. Two years later, frustration continues to build, while a new stadium does not.
The Squirrels president Lou DiBella has contacted the president of Minor League Baseball about the possible relocation of the team.
But DiBella said in a statement on Tuesday that he's not "actively" looking for a place to play. But it seems everyone involved from the Squirrels side is getting frustrated while there seems to be no movement on what they were promised.
The Richmond Metropolitan Authority owns the Diamond, and represents the city and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. The RMA's general manager, Mike Berry, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that discussions regarding a new ballpark "will continue".
But those who love baseball in the RVA would like to know what's going on. The founder of Baseball on the Boulevard, Charlie Diradour, held an impromptu press conference outside the Diamond on Tuesday. As part of his written statement, Diradour said "I call on the Jones administration to update the public on the progress they have made thus far in a regards to a stadium deal." He adds, "the lack of transparency by our leaders regarding the process, if there ever was once, gives credence to those who believe that this city lacks real leadership".
The Squirrels led the Eastern League in home attendance in its first season, and increased attendance in year two, and but just barely finished in second in the Eastern League. A new stadium is expected to cost somewhere between 40 and 50 million dollars.
Squirrels President and General Managing Partner Lou DiBella's full statement:
"The Flying Squirrels will continue to provide the quality of baseball, entertainment and community impact that the Greater Richmond area has grown to expect from us. We are not actively looking to other locations at this time, but we have always maintained that our long term success is dependent upon a new facility that our terrific Front Office Staff can maximize for the benefit of the entire metro region. We believe that the RMA and its' stakeholders share this same desire and that we will collectively work towards accomplishing this common goal sooner rather than later."
"The Flying Squirrels are proud to represent the City of Richmond and it is our goal to continue that for years and years to come."