Rich­mond Roughrid­ers should be con­sid­ered in coli­seum shuf­fle

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SUNDAY PUNCH -

As a sea­son-ticket holder to the Rich­mond Roughrid­ers, and the Raiders be­fore that, I am con­cerned with the city’s de­ci­sion to re­place the Coli­seum. Not only will it de­stroy a small busi­ness, it will also likely end the re­gion’s ro­mance with the sport.

In­door foot­ball has been a part of the Rich­mond land­scape since the begin­ning of the mil­len­nium, and though it’s not as pop­u­lar as base­ball, the fans are fiercely loyal and rarely miss games.

Ev­ery­one agrees the Coli­seum needs to be re­placed — it looks like a fly­ing saucer landed in the mid­dle of the city five decades ago and has been rust­ing ever since — but does its re­place­ment truly ne­ces­si­tate put­ting the Roughrid­ers out of busi­ness?

Gregg Fornario, the owner of the team, chose to place his team in Rich­mond be­cause of our fan base. Un­der his own­er­ship, the team won Rich­mond’s first cham­pi­onship last year and is poised to win its sec­ond.

There must be some way to ac­com­mo­date the team and its fans while also up­grad­ing the build­ing. The fans, the Roughrid­ers, and the city de­serve bet­ter.

— Jay Lus­ter, Mid­loth­ian

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