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What do you make of SportsQuest?

Phil Riggan

December 11, 2011 9:46pm

What do you make of SportsQuest? I’ve played on the excellent soccer fields a couple of times and watched the developments for a couple of years now and it seems equal parts potentially awesome and boondoggle.

See this article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

SportsQuest is a cash cow for Chesterfield County, a money-making stroke of genius that is generating millions of dollars in new revenue before the 250-acre amateur athletic complex is anywhere near finished. Things are going so well, it already has spawned a residential academy for basketball players.

Or, SportsQuest is a boondoggle in the making, a dizzying, delusional vision of Olympic glory that’s out of touch with what’s possible in central Virginia, a business that has had trouble paying its bills and that has become the target of harsh criticism from former employees and from people who thought they were buying into a world-class fitness center.

Whichever version you prefer — and there are vocal fans and detractors on both sides and nearly everywhere in between — the one thing certain about SportsQuest is that the conversation quickly turns to the group’s founder, chief executive and directional force, Steve Burton.

About Phil Riggan

He's been a part of Richmond's outdoors since moving to Richmond in 1988. Earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning at VCU in 2015 with a focus on the environment, parks, transportation and nonprofits — largely due to his dedication to becoming part of the solution to advocate for outdoor initiatives, the James River and Richmond’s great parks and recreational amenities. Now works as a transportation planner with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, focusing primarily on bike/ped planning.