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Leaders battle off the field over the future of the Diamond


Thursday is opening day at the Diamond for the Flying Squirrels, but this season, there may be drama on and off the field.

Partners that own the stadium just can't seem to agree on crucial decisions, including whether or not to build a new ballpark in Shockoe Bottom.

These arguments are making fans afraid the Flying Squirrels, will fly away. That's what happened with the Richmond Braves in 2008. If you've been here, you know the Diamond is more like a Diamond in the rough. The lights above the stadium are one of the things that need to be replaced.

Chesterfield County, one of the owners, has hinted it wants out of owning the Diamond, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. That could mean less money for upgrades.

If Chesterfield County opts out of ownership, that could pave the way for Richmond to build a new park, possibly in Shockoe Bottom.

The problems here are, there's no money in the budget for this, and there are people who say a park in Shockoe will ruin the area's heritage, as one of the largest slave markets in the days before the Civil War.

So where does that leave the squirrels? It leaves them waiting for everyone to come to some sort of agreement to give them clarity about their future. This could be strike one, and they may not wait till strike three to be out of here. 

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