Richmond's City Council President wants to make sure the city's new stadium stays out of Shockoe Bottom. Then, he wants Squirrels Fans and Richmond residents to weigh in and vote.
At Monday night's city council, several people spoke out against building a new home for the Flying Squirrels in the Bottom. Some held up signs that read, "No stadium in Shockoe Bottom."
Now, their pleas have a good shot at being taken into consideration.
City Council President Charles Samuels proposed a referendum that says, the new stadium must be built within the area of the city bounded by Interstates 64 and 95 to the North, Hermitage Road to the East, West Leigh Street to the South and North Boulevard to the West. Essentially, the same place where the current stadium stands.
The proposed referendum is an answer the Mayor's supposed plan of moving the stadium to Shockoe Bottom. Sources have told NBC12 that plan is already in the works.
Flying Squirrels fans waiting to get into Monday night's game were adamant: don't move the stadium to the Bottom.
"It's home here on North Boulevard," said Marie Sinnott. "It's been here a long time and most people see it as a landmark."
"I think it's a bad idea to move it to Shockoe Bottom," said Ed Pierce. "There's no where to park, it's hard to get to. Plus, it's been here for years."
Residents also want to protect Shockoe Bottom's Historic Landmarks, especially those related to slavery. They say, the stadium will ruin them.
If enough people want it, the referendum will be on the November ballot. The first public hearing on the referendum is July First.
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