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McBride Stadium damaged by heavy winds

Richmond RiverRatsMcBride Stadium, the home of the Richmond RiverRats (summer collegiate; Prospect League) and a historic WPA-era ballpark, suffered severe roof damage last night right after a game.

The area was hit with 75-mph winds and tore roofs off several buildings as well as uprooting trees and small concession buildings in the area. At the ballpark, the storm tore off part of the roof and damaged the press box, an old-fashioned facility sitting on top of the grandstand.

The RiverRats played last night, with the game called early because of the storm. Palladium-Item sports editor Josh Chapin was working after the game and was heading back to the press box when the storm hit. Here’s his account of dealing with heavy winds while walking on top of the grandstand and encountering a damaged press box.

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