Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium

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Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium
Lewis-Gale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark is a stadium in Salem, Virginia and is part of the James E. Taliferro Sports and Entertainment Complex along with the Salem Civic Center and Salem Football Stadium. On April 5, 2006, it sold its naming rights to Lewis-Gale Hospital. Some local residents were critical that Salem did not receive enough money for the naming-rights. The stadium is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Salem Red Sox, a minor league baseball team in the high class A Carolina League. It was built in 1995 at a cost of $10.1 Million to replace the over sixty year old Salem Municipal Stadium. It holds 4,968 people, but is expandable to 6,300 people, and offers an impressive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The capacity was reduced when the new Red Sox ownership decided to put tarp over 4 sections of the general admission seats because they felt that the stadium had an empty feeling when fewer people bought tickets for games. Also they wanted to put people closer together to create a more "Fenway Park Atmosphere". The stadium features 4 concession stands, numerous other carts, and 8 large restrooms. Lines are usually not a problem even with large crowds. There is ample free parking on site which is easily accessed from U.S. 11, U.S. 460, Virginia 419, and Interstate 81. In part because of promotions, the Salem minor league baseball teams have been more successful in building and maintaining attendance than the Roanoke Valley's other minor league sports teams. Salem Memorial Ballpark features 20ft outfield walls. Its dimensions are left field - 325ft, center field - 401ft, and right field - 325ft.