Salem Football Stadium
Salem Stadium is a stadium in Salem, Virginia. 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 also 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 also slated to be the home field of the minor league football 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.