City Stadium (Richmond)

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City Stadium
University of Richmond Stadium panoramic.jpg
Former names City Stadium (1929–1983)
University of Richmond Stadium (1983–2010)
Location Richmond, VA
Owner City of Richmond
Capacity 22,000
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1929
Opened 1929
Closed Open
Demolished N/A
Construction cost $80 thousand USD
Tenants
Richmond Spiders (NCAA) (1929–2009)
Richmond Rebels (ACFL/ConFL) (1964–1967)
Richmond Mustangs (UAFL) (1967)
Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) (1993–Present)
Richmond Kickers Future (PDL) (2002–2008)
Richmond Kickers Destiny (WL) (2004–2009)

City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia is used by the Richmond Kickers for soccer and was used by the University of Richmond for American football from 1929-2009. It is owned by the City of Richmond and is located south of the Carytown district off the Downtown Expressway. The stadium was built in 1929 and seats approximately 22,000 people. From 1964 through 1967 the stadium was home to the Richmond Rebels of the Atlantic Coast Football League and the Continental Football League. The Rebels left the Continental Football League in 1967 to become the Richmond Mustangs of the United American Football League.[1][2]

The stadium was known as City Stadium until 1983, when it adopted the name University of Richmond Stadium or UR Stadium as part of an agreement, in which the University of Richmond agreed to lease the stadium for $1 per year in exchange for maintaining the facility. The facility's name reverted to City Stadium in 2010 when the University of Richmond ended its tenancy and moved its football games to its new on-campus E. Claiborne Robins Stadium.[3] The University of Richmond's final home football game at the stadium was played on December 5, 2009 against Appalachian State University in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

University of Richmond Stadium served as the site of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship from 1995-1998. For a time in the mid-2000s, the stadium also hosted Virginia's high school football state championship games.

Tobacco Bowl football game in 1949

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INNOVATION AND LOST OPPORTUNITIES ABOUNDED". CONTINENTAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE BOOSTER CLUB. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Fulp, Jack (18 October 1967). "Mustangs to visit area...". The Progress Index. 
  3. ^ Rename game: Facility is again City Stadium after being UR Stadium

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Preceded by
Richardson Stadium
Host of the College Cup
1995–1998
Succeeded by
Ericsson Stadium

Coordinates: 37°32′59″N 77°29′12″W / 37.549697°N 77.486781°W / 37.549697; -77.486781