Born out of crisis, the community-wide effort to build the region’s sparkling jewel, “The Diamond” showed what could happen when regional cooperation, a public-private partnership and grassroots support of the citizenry. Conceived in the late spring of 1983, agreed upon in the spring of 1984, designed during the summer and constructed from the end of the season (in less than eight months) to the next. The Diamond opened on April 17, 1985. It was a miracle! How did it happen and what can we learn about vision and teamwork from this Miracle on the Boulevard?
Stanton and Hallman hold readers’ hands and walk them through the final days of Parker Field, with its splintering seats, then to the community-supported and politically-unified campaign for a new stadium.
Meet the team Bobby Ukrop, Randy Hallman and Phil Stanton
Foreword by Tom Silvestri
In historic fashion, local governments, local businesses, and thousands of citizens from Chesterfield, Henrico, and Richmond started coming together in 1984 to build quickly what was recognized as one of the finest baseball parks in America.