Sports in Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia, United States, is home to four professional sports teams, though none of which compete in any major professional league. Virginia is the most populated state without a major sports team. In 2008, the Richmond Braves minor league baseball team left for Gwinnett County, Georgia, and was replaced by the Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2010. But now, the Flying Squirrels' owner has threatened to leave Richmond if they don't replace their current stadium, The Diamond. The Richmond Raiders are an indoor football team. They play at the Richmond Coliseum. The Richmond Revolution are another indoor football team, and their team plays home games at the new SportsQuest development in Chesterfield County. The Richmond Kickers are a non-profit soccer team that plays at City Stadium.
Richmond has also come into the national spotlight in recent years due to the success of the region's two Division I college basketball teams, the VCU Rams and Richmond Spiders. The VCU Rams men's basketball team reached the Final Four of the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, while the Richmond Spiders men's basketball team reached the Sweet 16 of the same tournament.
|Richmond Flying Squirrels||Eastern League||Baseball||The Diamond (9,500)||2010|
|Richmond Raiders||American Indoor Football||Football||Richmond Coliseum (11,900)||2010|
|Richmond Kickers||USL Pro||Soccer||City Stadium (22,600)||1993|
|Richmond Spiders||Atlantic 10 Conference (most sports),
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
|Division I||Robins Stadium (football),
Robins Center (basketball),
Malcolm U. Pitt Field (baseball)
|VCU Rams||Atlantic 10 Conference||Division I||Siegel Center (basketball),
The Diamond (baseball),
Sports Backers Stadium (soccer)
|Virginia Union Panthers||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Division II||Hovey Field (football)|
Sports Backers is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 and located in Richmond, Virginia at Sports Backers Stadium. The mission of the Sports Backers has expanded from its beginnings as a traditional sports commission for economic development to be focused on increasing physical activity to improve the health of area residents. The Sports Backers own Dominion Riverrock, the largest outdoor sports and music festival in the country, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, the 8th largest running race in the United States, and the Anthem Richmond Marathon, the 18th largest marathon in the country. The organization owns and produces 15 events.
The Richmond Renegades of the East Coast Hockey League played in Richmond at the Coliseum from 1990 to 2003. The team attempted to revive again as a Southern Professional Hockey League franchise from 2006 − 2009.
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