The Salem Red Sox and the city will begin repairs on the box office at Salem Memorial Ballpark, rendered unusable in April when the driver of a 1998 Toyota Avalon (yes, a Toyota) lost control in the ballpark parking lot and rammed into the box-office building.
The Salem Red Sox (High Class A, Carolina League) announced a construction project to resurrect one of the main ticket box office buildings that was deemed condemned after a car collided with the building on April 11, 2010.
The driver of a 1998 Toyota Avalon (yes, a Toyota) lost control in the ballpark parking lot and rammed into the box-office building. The accident took place less than a week before Salem’s home opener. No one was injured in the accident but the Salem Red Sox front office, game-day employees, and fans have had to deal with logistical issues over the first few homestands of the 2010 season.
“It’s not every day a car crashes straight through your ticket box office,” said Salem Red Sox general manager Todd Stephenson. “As always, the City of Salem has been great throughout the entire process.”
The City of Salem has concluded only some parts of the original structure cannot be used in the rebuild including bricks and mortar on a single side of the building. Virginia Building Systems will be at Salem Memorial Ballpark each day starting at 6:30am in hopes to complete the project within 30 days.
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