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Kickers Unveil New Upgrades to City Stadium

By Patrick Wood, 07/29/20, 3:00PM EDT

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Lighting, Internet, Sound, and Concourse Changes to Enhance Gameday Experience

RICHMOND, Va. – (Wednesday, July 29, 2020) – The Richmond Kickers, in partnership with the RVA Sports Foundation have 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. 
 
“The Richmond Kickers have completed exciting new improvements to City Stadium with an end goal of enhancing the game day experience,” said Cornwell. “An upgraded irrigation system has been installed to assist in maintaining a first class natural grass playing surface for the players. To improve sight lines 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.” 
 
New Stadium Lights - Last Updated: 1995
 
All of the field lights 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,” commented 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.” 
 
With the new lights, the light poles that sat in front of the stands have now been relocated behind the stands to improve the fan viewing experience. Wiley and his team worked closely with Randy Branham from Branham Electric, and Thompson Consulting Engineers who provided electrical drawings.
 
Fiber Internet - New
 
A new 2020 Partner, Segra has led the technology revolution at City Stadium so fans will be able to connect through stadium Wi-Fi to improve the social media experience on game day and during other events at the stadium.
 
“Segra is committed to creating a legacy and creating value in the communities they serve,” said Chris Shipman, Vice President Enterprise Sales, Segra. “Our partnership with the Richmond Kickers to provide them with fast, secure, and reliable internet access gives them the freedom to grow and provide enhanced experiences for their fans; including: Wi-Fi access in City Stadium, support for all in stadium vendors’ POS systems, and enhanced broadcast capabilities so you can see your Kickers play even if you can’t make it in person.”
 
Sound System - Last Updated: 2016
 
With the in-stadium sound being such an instrumental part of the game day experience, the Kickers relied on Dan Schultz, President of Sound Pro USA, to bring City Stadium into the 2020 world of sound. He 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.
 
“We are passionate about working with organizations like the Richmond Kickers Pro Team that value every part of the fan experience,” noted Schultz. “Together we designed sound reinforcement that is not only going to elevate the crowd energy but also will add smiles by creating memorable moments.”
 
Field Irrigation System - Last Updated: 1995
 
Working with Eddie Thompson from Montgomery Irrigation, the club have updated the antiquated irrigation system, which will meet the demands of modern day athletes with an improved playing pitch.  The field is considered one of the top grass soccer fields in the country, having hosted many memorable soccer matches since the conversion from synthetic turf to natural grass in 1995.
 
Improved Site Lines and Concourse - Last Updated: 1950
 
The club was excited to work with E.J. Wade, Dominion Energy, Town and Country Electric to remove the previous power lines, and stadium wiring. Working closely with the City of Richmond, they gave the approval to bury the lines and change the viewing experience from the concourse level. Safety and a more uniformed concourse drove the new concrete around the entrance plaza and the mezzanine level. In the other areas, we went with a uniformed crushed granite system that will be complimentary to future development on the site.
 
These updates include the initial upgrades to City Stadium that the club initially announced in March.  Other partners on this extensive project were Epitome Networks, Bypass POS systems, and Energy Systems Solutions.
 
City Stadium is available for rentals, which can be requested at RichmondKickers.com. Any questions about Stadium rentals can be sent to Floyd Campbell, Director of Stadium Events at fcampbell@richmondkickers.com.

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