Squirrels turn to fans to help stadium stalemate

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Whoever coined the phrase "Diamonds are Forever" never visited Richmond.  The Flying Squirrels are desperately trying to replace their Diamond, and they're turning to their fans for help.

The Squirrels announced the creation of Ballpark Nutz, a citizen advocacy group designed to encourage regional action on a plan to fund and build a regional ballpark on the Boulevard.  The proposed $50 million ballpark would serve as the team's new home as well as the potential venue for the VCU Rams, other college and high school games and tournaments and other outdoor community events.

Those wishing to join Ballpark Nutz and to find out more information about its efforts should visit the Ballpark Nutz Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ballparknutz.  Over the coming weeks and months, the page will include additional details on funding plans, information on other modern ballparks around the country and, ultimately, color renderings of the proposed new ballpark for Richmond.

The Squirrels are in a stadium stalemate with Richmond City, as well as Chesterfield and Henrico County officials, on how to come up with the $50 million it would take to build the new facility that the team was promised when they relocated to Richmond two years ago.

Squirrels VP and COO Todd "Parney" Parnell believes this group will help to keep things positive and help to push the momentum towards a new ballpark. Parnell also believes this will do more than just show how many people care about the Squirrels - it will also be a place for fans to share their ideas about the best way to go forward with a new park.

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