RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As Richmond residents have been debating at water coolers, in public forums and on internet message boards about the decision to build a new ballpark in the city, the Squirrels players have been able to stay away from the conversation.
But Tuesday the team returned for the new season. Many of the players say they "love" the Diamond, and while some say it could use some sprucing up, they're happy playing in the almost 30 year old stadium.
Manager Dave Machemer didn't want to insert himself into the conversation, but players like Justin Fitzgerald, Chris Dominguez and Johnny Monell all had great things to say about the stadium.
The cost of a new stadium is expected to be around $50 million, and the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, which owns the building, is made up of funds from the City, and Henrico and Chesterfield counties. While mayor Dwight Jones says he will pony up his portion of the cost, the counties have been more reluctant. Squirrels officials say they were promised a new stadium when they came to Richmond three years ago.