Richmond Raceway (Richmond), along with parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), unveiled a completed $500,000 amphitheater redevelopment at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! today. The amphitheater project is a continuation of the reinvestment in the future of the Richmond Raceway Complex as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, which began with the $30 million infield redevelopment project that opened in fall 2018.
“The new capital investment in Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will modernize the fan experience and ensure the future of the only covered amphitheater in RVA for the next generation of concert goers,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Virginia Credit Union LIVE! is in the heart of the Richmond Raceway Complex, and one of the pillars of live entertainment in the greater Richmond region. With an amazing slate of shows announced, we look forward to welcoming fans back for one of the best concert seasons in the history of the venue.”
The redevelopment of Virginia Credit Union LIVE! includes a reseating of the venue to create flexible seating and additional aisles to offer fans the best views and concert experience. The new removable padded seats in the front half of the venue will provide flexible options for the amphitheater to offer reserved seating, general admission seating, or a standing pit area. The expanded pit area will allow more rock and alternative shows to perform at the venue.
“We are excited by all the enhancements to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! and by the value our partnership with Richmond Raceway provides to our credit union and its members,” said Glenn Birch, Director of Public Relations for Virginia Credit Union. “The impressive, diverse lineup of acts for 2019 will be a hit with our members who enjoy the advance ticket sales, free parking and other benefits. Our partnership also enables more people in our region to discover the benefits of being a member of Virginia Credit Union.”
Richmond has partnered with Anheuser-Busch, Bold Rock Cider, Devils Backbone, and Brown Distributing for the new Virginia Credit Union LIVE! party deck, the Bud Light Patio. The new section is located to the right of the stage with tiered viewing, high top tables and chairs, ADA seating, and private bar.
“Brown Distributing Company is happy to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of our Richmond-based, family-owned company this year,” said JR Walthour, Draft & Special Events Manager for Brown Distributing Company. “We are proud to partner with Richmond Raceway for the new party deck at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the Bud Light Patio, and over NASCAR race weekends.”
The Virginia Lottery will help fans connect online as the sponsor of the new public WiFi at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! for concerts. The public WiFi will be available for fans throughout the year for events at the Richmond Raceway Complex in the amphitheater, modernized infield, Old Dominion Building, and Expo Hall. Richmond is also an official MobilePlay retailer for the Virginia Lottery, which will allow fans to purchase tickets for all their favorite draw games such as Mega Millions and Pick 3, and a whole new line of e-games on their app. To learn more about MobilePlay, visit valottery.com/mobileplay.
Additional improvements to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! include a porta bar on the hill overlooking concerts and updated public restrooms. The back of house has also been redeveloped to improve the experience for entertainers with updated star rooms and other new features.
2019 Virginia Credit Union LIVE! Concert Season
Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, and The Lumineers. This year’s Virginia Credit Union LIVE! concert season looks to be one of the best in the venue’s history.
Juice WRLD will take the stage of Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Juice WRLD will be promoting his new album, A Deathrace for Love.
The 1975, one of the most popular pop-rock bands in the world, will bring their North American Tour to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The popular British pop-rock group’s tour is in support of their critically-acclaimed new album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.”
The Avett Brothers, one of the top folk-rock acts in the country, perform their iconic sound to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the band’s first performance at the venue since July 25, 2013.
Styx, the band that has forged an indelible legacy on record and onstage, will rock Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached tour, a high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and for the first time, the Richmond Symphony, comes to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
As part of Eastern League All-Star Week, Richmond and the Richmond Flying Squirrels have partnered for the All-Star Country Music Jam headlined by Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister, and opening act Mickie James & The Heaters at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.
JoJo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. The Tour will be showcased at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The D.R.E.A.M. tour will bring the viral Nickelodeon superstar’s youthful energy to the Virginia Credit Union LIVE! stage to highlight some of her certified platinum singles.
Umphrey’s McGee and their memorable progressive guitars with musical styles, including rock, metal, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, electronic, bluegrass, and folk to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
Cody Jinks, along with special guest Ward Davis, will headline a night of outlaw country music at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m.
Dark Star Orchestra will present their critically acclaimed live show to Deadheads both young and old at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra tirelessly strives for and achieves is a continuation of the spirit of what has now become over forty years of the Grateful Dead’s timeless music.
Bastille and the band’s North American tour, Doom Days Tour Part 1, will come to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The tour is in support of the band’s third studio album, Doom Days.
Concert tickets are available for purchase online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. Tickets for announced shows are available for purchase unless otherwise specified.
Richmond Raceway 2019 NASCAR Season
NASCAR returns “under the lights” to Richmond for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend. America’s Premier Short Track will start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with the Go Bowling 250 playoff race and host the second race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs with the Federated Auto Parts 400 playoff race on Sept. 20-21.
Tickets for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.