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VCU Wants City Stadium and Talks Football

Rachel DePompa – bio | email

Football???? VCU??? Now that I have your attention, I know many of you will say, “but they are undefeated right now?” (That’s the joke I heard over and over this week over Twitter and Facebook.) But in all seriousness, let’s talk football and VCU. It’s definitely all the buzz. I sat down with VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague this week, he had no problem talking about it.  


Let’s start from the beginning. Two weeks ago I obtained copies of Fulton Hill Partnership’s proposal for a shopping center on the City Stadium site.  Many residents who live near the 82-year-old venue have been up in arms over the idea of  tearing down the stadium. I began hearing buzz that VCU was meeting with Richmond’s Mayor this week. And sure enough, Athletic Director, Norwood Teague was kind enough to sit down with us. He says unequivocally, VCU wants the City Stadium property. “We’ve been following the debate closely. Certainly it’s something that we’re interested in. We’re definitely in discussions with the powers that be. We are very interested in the stadium.”

Teague says VCU wants to keep the property a stadium. He says, “there’s a lot of other uses that we would have from an athletic standpoint, whether it be tennis or baseball, there’s a lot of options…. It’s such a great piece of land, that’s close to VCU… and it would be tough to see it go away from an athletic venue.”  


As for football Teague said,  “It’s something that if we do, we want to do right. We know that it costs a lot of money and the economy’s not great right now, but it’s something that begs the question because we’re a large school.  A lot of our fans want it, a lot of our students want it. There’s some that don’t, but it’s something that we’re going to research and research pretty heavily over the next year.” He went on to say, “Most schools that have started a football program at the Division I level, whether it be Old Dominion, UNC Charlotte, or where ever, they have a stadium they can play in right away. If football is a possibility I think you can connect the dots that City Stadium would certainly work well for us. It’s something where looking at. Something we’re trying to evaluate and see where it all ends up.”

Richmond’s Mayor, Dwight Jones had this say this week, “We’re going to do a series of community meetings to find out once again the community wants. As a part of that process you’re going to have entities that have vested interests. They’re going to do what they want, and so I would imagine VCU will be out there pumping up the volume. I would imagine developers will be out there pumping up the volume. When we hold our community meetings, we want to find the highest and best use for the property. We don’t want to do that absent from the community’s input, we want them to have input.”

And so the debate continues…


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VCU: The Changing of the Guard

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Getting the Style Treatment:

Make sure to pick up a copy of Style Weekly. There’s an excellent story on the state of television news in Richmond. It really breaks down the challenges we face in this tough economy. The nice folks at Style caught up with me last week during an interview with Lt. Doug Perry in Henrico County. I have to tell you, it was a little nerve racking having my picture taken while I was doing my job. (I know! I know! I’m on TV everyday!) But there’s something about a picture that feels much more permanent. Also, when I’m on TV, it’s usually just me and a video-journalist standing there. So, I never let myself think about how many people are actually on the other side of the lens. (If I did, you’d probably see me stumble a little more often) 🙂

VCU: Then and Now

 It was a quiet last day for Eugene Trani on the VCU campus. He declined all interviews; stepping out of the spotlight to make way for new leader Michael Rao.




Trani Statue On Campus

Trani Statue On Campus

We visited the Life Sciences building (which is named for him) to see his new life size statue. We talked to colleagues about his legacy and we actually found students who had quite a bit to say about his tenure. (The last time I did a story on Trani it took 2 hours to find a student who knew enough to go on camera.) I had an opportunity to meet Michael Rao a few months ago. He starts tomorrow, but is spending the weekend  moving in and won’t physically be on campus until Monday.

19 years is a long time to run an organization. And by all accounts, VCU is a much different place than it was in 1990; not just aesthetically, but image-wise. I came to Richmond under a changing of the guard. In my first year here, I’ve watched a controversial mayor leave office, along with a school superintendent and a University President. It will be interesting to see what direction this city is moving in, one year from now.

CAO Update:

The city is making way for Byron Marshall. Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Chris Beschler has been named Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Operations. Which is basically an expanded role. He will now, not only head the Department of Public Utilities, but he will also be in charge of General Services. Beschler had applied to stay on as CAO. The City Council meets Wednesday to vote on the position. It’s expected Marshall will get the nod in a 9-0 vote.









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