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Richmond Kicker's City Stadium receives long-awaited makeover

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 16:26:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond's City Stadium, home to the Richmond Kickers, received a comprehensive makeover this summer that that hopes to "enhance the game-day experience."

The Kickers, in partnership with the RVA Sports Foundation "invested heavily" over the last six months to improve the club’s “vintage home” at City Stadium

The project was led by Justin Cornwell from Draper Aden Associates, who served as the site coordinator during our comprehensive renovations. Cornwell worked closely with E.J. Wade Construction, whose team was led by William Green.

New additions include an upgraded irrigation system, new stadium lights, fiber internet, a new sound system, and new wiring.

"To improve sightlines and enhance the experience of both players and fans, all existing overhead power lines have been placed underground, new LED sports lighting has been installed and improvements have been made to the plaza," Cornwell said.

The stadium lights, which were last updated in 1995, have been upgraded to all-new LED lighting, with help from Steve Wiley and Musco Lighting.

“The Kickers have a proud history in Richmond, and City Stadium is such a historic venue, we were really excited to be a part of this project,” said Wiley, Musco Sales Representative. “The club had very clear goals with the new stadium lighting. Our team worked closely with them to custom design a system that would improve light levels for better HD broadcasts and re-energize the stadium experience with cutting-edge light shows, without creating spill light or glare that could affect nearby homes. We think the players, fans, and neighbors are going to love it.”

A new 2020 Partner, Segra installed fiber internet at City Stadium so fans can connect through stadium Wi-Fi to improve the social media experience on game day and during other events at the stadium.

A new sound system was also added as well as a field irrigation system.

Dan Schultz, President of Sound Pro USA, added speakers on the new concourse light poles, as well as equipped both the front and back of the Press Box with a connected speaker system so we can communicate with fans coming and going.

Finally, power lines and stadium wiring were taken down and buried underground to enhance the viewing experience.