Salem Football Stadium
|Salem Football Stadium|
Stadium during the 2010 Stagg Bowl
|Location||1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, Virginia, USA
|Owner||City of Salem|
Salem High School Spartans
Salem Stadium is a stadium in Salem, Virginia, USA. It is primarily used for American football and hosts the home football games of the Salem High School Spartans. It was built in 1985 and seats 7,157 people. The stadium is part of the James E. Taliaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex (named after a former mayor of Salem), which also includes the Salem Civic Center and the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Salem Stadium has hosted the NCAA Division III national football championship game, known as the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl since 1993. In 2007, the natural grass playing surface was replaced by FieldTurf in part to ensure that the Stagg Bowl continues to be played in Salem. The field was named the Willis White Field in honor of the former head football coach at Salem High School. Salem Stadium also currently hosts the Virginia High School League football state championships in Group A and the Southwestern Virginia Educational Classic, an annual contest between two football teams from historically black colleges and universities.
Salem Stadium was intended to be the home field of the minor league football Virginia Swarm (then known as the Virginia Senators) of the United National Gridiron League for the 2009 season with the first game scheduled for May 17. However, on April 28, Salem was informed by league officials the UNGL was suspending operations for the 2009 season.
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