Opponents of Mayor Dwight Jones’ plan to build a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom say they're going to encircle the city’s current ballpark Sunday.
Organizer Terry Rea estimates that it will take about a thousand people to ring The Diamond on Boulevard, which is home to the AA minor-league team the Flying Squirrels. Rea says the circle will only use public property and that he chose July 27 because the team will be playing out of town.
“There’s no intention for this to be civil disobedience,” Rea says. “It seems like fun to me.”
Rea, who has outlined his opposition to the Shockoe stadium plan in Style, says his goal is to bring together the various groups working against a Shockoe stadium. While City Council prepares to reconvene in September, he says he’s wary of what action it might take on Mayor Jones’ proposal.
“This may be the only time everyday, ordinary people can show they don’t want that stadium built down there,” Rea says.
While fewer than 50 people have said on the event's Facebook page that they'll attend, Rea says social media should encourage more people to join once the 2 p.m. protest begins.
Asked about the protest, Flying Squirrels Vice President Todd “Parney” Parnell says in an email that he appreciates Richmond's passion about baseball and finds the ring idea ironic, "because we are trying to also win an Eastern League Championship ring."