Richmond Roughriders should be considered in coliseum shuffle
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