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Major renovations complete at the Diamond

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It's a home-run for the Richmond Flying Squirrels after the diamond gets some major renovations.

Since the team will be at the Diamond at least for the next couple of years, the vice president is doing what he can to make it the best facility possible.

When players walk on to the field next season, they'll notice a big change.

"This is probably one of the most important components for our major league affiliates," Vice President, Parney Parnell.

Parnell has been eyeing for quite some time now. The team just finished $100,000 worth of repairs. Workers re-surfaced parts of the field to establish a better root system. It's the first major turf improvement since 2004.

"We've been band-aiding for three years since we got here," said Parnell. "This could be a fix for as long as we are at the diamond which hopefully will only be a couple of years."

The team extended its lease here until 2015 with options to stay through 2017, but even then long-term fixes are necessary.

They also focused on fixing draining issues from the foul line to the track so time it rains, it won't puddle up so much like it did before.

Field Operation Director, Steve Ruckman, was ahead of the major two week tweak.

"We're a professional facility with professional players that are multi-million dollar people that need to be safe," said Ruckman. "They need to have the best possible playing surface."

Ruckman hopes this new turf will put the players in a position to start the season strong. Two other groups joined together to split the cost including VCU –the team plays at the Diamond, and the landlord - Richmond Metropolitan Authority.

The team hopes to be in a new facility within the next few years.


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