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Salem's Home Turf: Current Conditions

Current Conditions

Track

The track must be replaced.  Its condition has deteriorated to the point where home meets might not be scheduled.  Further, our track does not meet current requirements to host state or regional meets. It also lacks adequate facilities to support pole vault and long jump activities.

Field

The current natural turf field has been overused for years resulting in poor turf and an inadequate subsurface. Despite efforts to replace areas with sod and provide extensive irrigation, the subsurface simply won’t adequately support a natural turf field.

Concession Stand

The current concession stand lacks sufficient cooking facilities and refrigeration to adequately handle concession needs. It's also structurally unstable. Boosters must do much of the product preparation outside the concession stand area.

Bleachers

Bleachers are original to the 1967 high school project. The bleachers do not meet accessibility standards and do not meet today's structural codes. One way or another, the bleachers will have to be replaced in another year or two.

Sound System

The sound system reached the end of its useful life and was replaced in late summer 2018, with school district operating budget funds.

Restrooms/Storage/Ticket Booth

The current ticket booth is insufficient for our needs and ticket sales will be incorporated into the new concession, restroom, storage facility. Restrooms share space with a field storage room. The restrooms are substandard and have been for years. The fixtures, the plumbing, and infrastructure is simply beyond prudent repair.

Press Box

Our press box is in disrepair. It needs to be upgraded and made accessible to all.