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Saturday was the first time to see this year’s VCU Men’s Basketball team.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Kickers Open Abbreviated Season on the Road this Saturday

Despite surging cases of Covid-19 USL League One has decided that the season must go on and starts this Saturday. A full schedule including home matches should be released in the near future but for now, we only know about this first game.

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Despite surging cases of Covid-19 USL League One has decided that the season must go on.

As mentioned last week each team in League One will face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times (the Kickers “regional rival” Greenville Triumph SC is located in Greenville, South Carolina a 7.5 hour drive away) – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

Since this announcement one team, Toronto FC 2, has dropped out citing “global pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions”.  There are two teams in Florida, Orlando City B and Fort Lauderdale CF. Yesterday the Florida Department of Health reported at least 15,299 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number of new cases in a single day by any state since the coronavirus pandemic began. The chances of a future shut down and losing another two teams seems to loom on the horizon.

USL League One is posting this with all their playing announcements.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Ignoring those storm clouds on the horizon the Kickers announced on Friday that their first game will be on the road against South Georgia Tormenta FC, this coming Saturday, July 18th at 8 PM.

This will be the first match under new Head Coach and Sporting Director Darren Sawatzky.

This match will be available live on ESPN+.

The full 2020 USL League One schedule has yet to be released.

We’ve have not heard what restrictions will be in place when the Kickers play at City Stadium.

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Movies in the Outfield at the Diamond Start this Week

The twice a week series will have movies on Thursday and Saturday. They kick things off this Thursday with the classic “Field of Dreams”. We also would have approved of “Sandlot” or “Bull Durham”.

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From the Richmond Flying Squirrels:

The Richmond Flying Squirrels will begin hosting Movies in the Outfield, a socially distanced movie-going experience on the field at The Diamond, beginning Thursday night.

Upcoming Showings | Event Seating & Ticketing | Pre-Order & Day-Of Concessions | Policies & Event Procedures

Movies will be shown on The Diamond’s video board on Thursday and Saturday nights. Admission is $8 per person (children 3 and younger are admitted free). Information on upcoming showings, tickets, concessions and health and safety policies can be found here.

Movies in the Outfield is presented by VCU Health and supported by Aldi, Dominion Energy, Elephant Insurance, Richmond Area Honda Dealers and Pepsi.

The new, twice-a-week series begins on Thursday night with a showing of the classic baseball film, “Field of Dreams.” The gates at The Diamond open at 6:05 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:05 p.m.

This Saturday, the Flying Squirrels will host a showing of “The Incredibles” at 6:05 p.m. The gates will open at 5:05 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for both showings here.

To promote social distancing, seating will be located on the field in either 10’x10’ spaces for up to four people or 10’x20’ spaces for up to eight people. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or pillows, but chairs will not be permitted.

Concessions will be available for Movies in the Outfield. The Flying Squirrels strongly encourage all guests to pre-order food prior to their event date. Orders can be submitted here. Food orders will be available for pick-up at Rosie’s Bistro at the Bullpen, which is located on the right field-side of the stadium. All food orders made at the event must be submitted online and can also be placed here.

An additional beverage-only stand will be located on the third-base side of the ballpark and will accept credit card payment only.

Parking for Movies in the Outfield is available for free in the Blue Lot at The Diamond, located off Arthur Ashe Boulevard across from the bus station. All guests should enter the stadium through the right-field gate located near the Food Lion Party Den.

The Flying Squirrels strongly encourage all guests to adhere to all protocols for the health and safety of other guests and staff, including wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.

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Kickers and USL1 Announce Plans for 2020 Season

The Richmond Kickers haven’t announced their plans for hosting games and if fans will be allowed into City Stadium.

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Official Richmond Kickers Announcement:

USL League One announced on Thursday a revised regular season and playoff structure for the 2020 season has been approved by the league’s Board of Governors. The new format for the league’s second season will see each of League One’s teams play 20 games across 15 weeks in the regular season to determine the sides that will meet in the 2020 League One Final.

The revised schedule will see each team in League One face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

The regular season will be played over a single-table format, with the schedule set to kick off on Saturday, July 18 and conclude on Saturday, October 24th. The top two teams in the final regular season standings will then meet the week of October 31st in the 2020 League One Final.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Additionally, League One’s Board of Governors approved a motion that will allow five substitutes to be used for the remainder of the 2020 season. Matchday squads will remain at 18 players, with clubs mandated to provide 23-man provisional squad lists at least 48 hours prior to kickoff, as per league rules.

The number of substitutes represents an increase from the three substitutions rule that had been in place. However, to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make all of its allotted five substitutions.

Substitutions may also be made at halftime without counting against a club’s three in-game opportunities. The decision is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board in May.

Every game of the 2020 League One season will be broadcast on ESPN+. Announcements regarding Home Openers for each club and the full 2020 schedule will be announced in the coming days.

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