City Stadium (Richmond)

City Stadium is a sports stadium in Richmond, Virginia. 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 when both stands are used. It has been used by the Richmond Kickers of USL League One since 1995, at a capacity of 6,000.[2][3]

City Stadium
Former namesCity Stadium (1929–1983)
University of Richmond Stadium (1983–2010)
Location3201 Maplewood Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23221
Public transitLocal Transit 4
OwnerCity of Richmond
Capacity22,611 (full)[1]
6,000 (Richmond Kickers matches)[2]
SurfacePatriot Bermuda Grass
Broke ground1929
Construction cost$80,000
Richmond Kickers (USL1) (1995–present)
Richmond Spiders (NCAA) (1929–2009)
Richmond Rebels (ACFL/ConFL) (1964–1967)
Richmond Mustangs (UAFL) (1967)
Richmond Kickers Future (PDL) (2002–2008)
Richmond Kickers Destiny (WL) (2004–2009)

The stadium was used by the University of Richmond for American football from 1929 to 2009. 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.

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.[4][5]

The stadium then hosted the Richmond Roadrunners of the Atlantic Coast Football League in 1968 and 1969, and their successor, the Richmond Saints, in 1970.

University of Richmond Stadium served as the site of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship from 1995 to 1998. The venue broke an attendance record when 21,319[6] visited the semifinals of the 1995 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament, with matches between the Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils, and the Portland Pilots and Wisconsin Badgers. 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



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.[7]

International soccer matches

Date Competition Team Res Team Crowd
November 10, 1996 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying   United States 2-0   Trinidad and Tobago 19,312
June 8, 2003 Friendly   United States 2-1   New Zealand 9,116


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 23, 2005. Retrieved January 13, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b About City Stadium
  3. ^ City Stadium - Richmond Kickers Stadium Journey
  4. ^ "Innovation and lost opportunities abounded". Continental Football League Booster Club. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Fulp, Jack (October 18, 1967). "Mustangs to visit area...". The Progress Index.
  6. ^ "men's Soccer attendance Records" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2024.
  7. ^ Rename game: Facility is again City Stadium after being UR Stadium[permanent dead link]

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Preceded by Host of the College Cup
Succeeded by