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City Stadium

Richmond, VA

Home of the Richmond Kickers

3.6

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City Stadium (map it)
3201 Maplewood Ave
Richmond, VA 23221


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City Stadium website

Year Opened: 1929

Capacity: 9,000

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River City Kickers

Originally opened in 1929 as home of the Richmond University football team, City Stadium is a local landmark and one that should not be missed. The USL Pro team Richmond Kickers began playing here in 1993 and have been the sole tenants of City Stadium since the Richmond Spiders built their own stadium, E. Claiborne Robins Stadium, in 2010. The U.S. Women’s National Team made a stop at City Stadium during their 2008 Achieve Your Gold tour when they defeated South Korea by a score of 3-1. The capacity is about 9,000 for Kickers games.

3.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

Two words: food trucks. These mobile restaurants can be found around the city of Richmond serving up delicious local fare at ridiculously low prices. A list of the RVA food trucks can be found at rvastreetfoodies.com and each truck has its own website with their menu and prices. It is all good, regardless of the truck. I was able to purchase a huge burrito and three amazing tacos al pastor for $12 total. There are also a couple of concession stands at midfield that have the standard stadium fare: hot dogs ($3), chili or cheese hot dog ($4), cheeseburger ($4).

Lemonade is $5 with unlimited refills and a Papa John's 8" pizza is $7. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, but the food in the stadium is just as good if not better and cheaper.

Atmosphere    4

Only half the stadium is open for Kickers games, but the half that is open is usually rather full. The architects built the bleachers into the natural hill that creates a semi-circle around the field. City Stadium is a perfect place to take the family or a date to watch a game. The sense of community here is one that can only be found at old, semi-pro parks like this.

You can choose to sit in the family section while the kids play on the hill under the scoreboard, sit at mid-field with the majority of the crowd, or even make your way into the supporters' section. Regardless of where you choose to sit, you will be welcomed (unless you are wearing an Orlando City jersey in the supporters section). If you feel like stretching your legs a bit, you can hang out with the crowd standing behind the bleachers and watch the game from there.

Neighborhood    2

About a half mile from the stadium is West Cary Street also known as Carytown. Along this one-mile stretch of road, there are a wide variety of local shops and restaurants. Carytown is not too far from City Stadium and getting there is rather simple, but you will have to either drive or walk through a sketchy neighborhood with narrow streets and poor lighting to get there. If you do go, I advise going well before the game.

Gus' Sports Bar and Grill is about two miles from the stadium and is the official sports bar of the Richmond Kickers. This place is a local favorite and a great place to go before the game if you are in Richmond all day. If you are just in to see the game, eat at the stadium, and you will not be disappointed and neither will your wallet.

Fans    5

The fans are what really create the welcoming sense of community at City Stadium. They are always happy to talk about their team with anyone and welcome newcomers with open arms. The eastern corner of the bleachers is designated as a family zone where no alcohol is allowed and there is a hill next to this section where the kids can play during the game.

The western corner of the stadium is home to the River City Red Army, which is the Kickers official supporter group. On any given night you can watch them wave their flags and flares and listen to them sing as they jump up and down.

Access    4

City Stadium is located right off I-195 and there are plenty of signs that point you in the right direction, so finding the stadium should not be an issue. The parking lot amounts to nothing more than a medium sized gravel pit, half of which is off limits to anyone without a VIP parking pass. However, there is a secondary lot a bit farther down the road. Signs that read, "residential parking only," line Freeman Road, but there is plenty of parking along the many side streets across from the stadium. If you park in one of the lots, getting out can be a nightmare, but parking on the road typically makes for a relatively easy exit.

Return on Investment    3

Overall, this is a terrific place to catch a game. All the seating is general admission so you can sit as close or far from the field as you want. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult and $7 for youth 18 and under. The bleachers wrap around the field and there is not a bad seat in the house, unless you choose to sit in the far corner behind one of the lights. Food and restrooms are easy to access and you can watch the game while waiting in line for your food.

Extras    2

I know that I have mentioned this already, but FOOD TRUCKS! That's how good they are. It's also wonderful to watch the growing sport of soccer in this historic stadium.

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2701 W Broad St

Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 612-9275

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