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The Roanoke Times (Virginia)

If you build it, they will come and fill it.

That's what Salem athletic director Chris King hopes anyway.

King said Salem has rented five of the eight skyboxes in Salem Stadium that the school recently put on the market in hopes of generating revenue to be used to offset travel costs for the Spartans' athletic and extracurricular teams.

King said two eight-seat boxes priced at $1,500 apiece and one four-seat box going for $750 still are available for Salem games.

"I think we'll end up selling them all," King said.

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King said if Salem rents all eight skyboxes - which are adjacent to the press box on the home side of the stadium - the school would net $10,500. The entire total will go toward the cost of travel to regular season and postseason events.

"It's all going to transportation," King said. "People don't realize how much it costs to send teams on the road. It's not like that money is going to sit in the bank. As soon as we get the bill from transportation at the end of the year, we'll turn it over."

King said skybox patrons can order a catered meal through Salem Civic Center during games. Alcohol is prohibited inside the stadium.

"That's something I'm going to be policing myself," King said. "I'll be passing through three or four times to check on that personally."

Salem has a VHSL benefit game Aug. 22 at home against E.C. Glass. The season opener is Aug. 29 at home against Franklin County.

Weight room a hit at Jefferson Forest

Jefferson Forest not only has a new coach in Bob Christmas, the Cavaliers are benefiting from an expansive new weight room inside the Bedford County school.

JF converted an auxiliary gymnasium into a lifting facility that has to rank among the best in Timesland.

"It is extremely nice," Christmas said. "We've got 12 power racks and all the equipment that goes with it, with artificial turf in between them. It's probably 5,000 square feet."

Christmas was hired this spring after spending 12 seasons at North Hall High in Georgia. He previously coached at Jefferson Forest, leading the Cavaliers to a pair of Group AA Division 3 championships in 1992 and 1993.

"The first time I was here, we actually used a metal shop building and converted it into a weight room. When they did the school renovation we had it changed into a classroom and meeting room."




August 14, 2014


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