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City of Salem breaks ground on $27.5 million sports center renovation

SALEM, Va.-The City of Salem’s Moyer Sports Complex is getting a $27.5 million facelift. The official groundbreaking ceremony for the award-winning four-diamond facility was held Monday morning, and upgrades include pickleball courts, a new skate park, a state-of-the-art playground with special needs access, additional parking and lots of improvements. playing surfaces for players and fans.

“This renovation and community project will allow Moyer to remain one of the best sports facilities on the East Coast,” said John Shaner, Salem Parks and Recreation Director. “The upgrades to the complex will keep us very competitive in bidding for national tournaments and other events that boost the economy of Virginia’s Blue Ridge region.”

The 22-acre complex opened in April 1992 and hosts a variety of events each year, ranging from youth softball and baseball tournaments to the NCAA Women’s National Softball Championship. Moyer is typically in use an average of 230 days a year, and about 250,000 guests visit each year.

“The competition for events was not as fierce 30 years ago as it is today,” says Shaner. “Our goal is to maintain our sports marketing reputation and ensure that the state of Virginia remains a premier destination for tournaments and athletics.”

The fields at the Moyer Sports Complex are getting a full upgrade package.

In 2004, the venue hosted Jennie Finch and the United States Olympic Softball team for a sold-out exhibition game, and in 2011 the facility was named USA Softball’s Complex of the Year in the United States. Year after year, numerous college conferences and Virginia High School League crown champions at home.

“I have to recognize the day-to-day work that the city of Salem does not only for the Moyer Complex, but for the sports DNA of this city because it’s legendary,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia. Matkailu Oy. “We understand the importance of this renovation to families, citizens and everyone who has the opportunity to come to Salem.”

Joining McClenny in the groundbreaking were US Congressman Morgan Griffith, Virginia Senator David Suetterlein and many local dignitaries and tourism officials. He reminded everyone present that 3.2 million of the 80 million people who travel in the Commonwealth every day participate in sports and outdoor activities.

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