RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — After almost 50 years of entertaining the commonwealth, the Richmond Coliseum’s doors are locked and don’t seem to be opening up anytime soon.
“I hate to think of it as being gone,” said David Robbins, former Virginia Union University basketball coach. “But you know it served the city for many, many years and we have some great memories.”
Robbins coached many games inside the Coliseum, including a sold-out high school game in the ’70s when he coached at Thomas Jefferson.
“The great ones are very easy to remember,” he said.
So for him, the potential of losing it is bittersweet.
“I don’t want to say sad, but it is what it is,” Robbins said. “You know, Richmond will survive and go on.”
By demolishing the coliseum and replacing it with a larger arena, the hope is that this that could bring bigger sporting and live events to Richmond — like the Coliseum used to.
That’s if the 1.4 billion dollar Navy Hill redevelopment project moves forward.
“The city’s missing out and you’ve got a lot, a lot of sports fans here that would like to see that happen,” Robbins said.
But right now–when you visit the Coliseum website, it’s empty because events and teams like the Roughriders have moved on.
“Richmond is a town that people love to come to because of the history,” Robbins said.
“When they can come and see a sporting event it would be a great thing.”