Salem Football Stadium

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Salem Football Stadium
Stadium stands and field.
Stadium during the 2010 Stagg Bowl
Location 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, Virginia, USA
Coordinates 37°17′16″N 80°02′11″W / 37.287672°N 80.036454°W / 37.287672; -80.036454
Owner City of Salem
Capacity 7,157
Surface FieldTurf
Opened 1985 (1985)
Tenants
Stagg Bowl
NCFA championship
Salem High School Spartans
1993-Present
2012–15
1985-2015

Salem Stadium is a stadium in Salem, Virginia, USA. It is primarily used for football and hosts the home football games of the Salem Football High School Spartans. It was built in 1985[1][2] 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.[2] From 2012 to 2015, the National Club Football Association, which sanctions most club football in U.S. colleges, also held its championship games at Salem Stadium;[3] for 2016, Salem was designated as a semifinal site for the NCFA playoffs, but play was moved to the smaller Salem High School.[4] In 2015, the natural 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Timeline History of Salem Football, Virginia". Salem Football History. Salem Football Museum and Historical Society. 2004. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b Wimmer, Howard (2005-09-16). "Salem stadium almost ready for season opener". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ Salem Set to Host 2015 NCFA Postseason Events (June 12, 2015). Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. ^ NCFA Announces Playoff and Championship Game Locations (September 14, 2016). Retrieved September 18, 2016.