Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley amongst the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains, you will find the city of Salem, Virginia. Currently boasting a population of nearly 25,000, the city enjoys a rich history since its first charter in 1806. From stories of the American Revolution through World War II, the city of Salem has continually been a city of endurance through trials and tribulations.
Throughout its' history, one sport remains constant: professional baseball. The sport first entered the Roanoke Valley as early as 1887, and allowed Salem to field its first team in 1937. Unfortunately, the team relocated to Roanoke in 1943, but was disbanded in 1953. Salem once again fielded a team in 1955, which eventually, five years later in 1960, joined a Major League system. In 1995, after 60 years at Old Municipal Field, the team moved into a new home: Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. After several affiliation changes, Salem joined the Boston Red Sox organization prior to the 2009 season. This marked the first year of the Salem Red Sox.
Salem Red Sox fans are passionate about baseball, which is why the staff sought out a way to upgrade the park to show the fans their appreciation. "Our fans like being outside on a summer night, watching a winning team. They like the safe, community atmosphere that we provide at our ballpark," said senior assistant general manager Allen Lawrence. Lawrence found Commercial Site Furnishings when he was looking for new tables for the picnic pavilion in the left field seating area at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. "The pricing was reasonable. The customer service rep that I ordered from made sure that we received the tables in the time frame that we needed them. The tables were easy to assemble - after the first one, of course," Lawrence said.
For the Salem Red Sox, Commercial Site Furnishing's commercial sales team helped Lawrence choose a standard wood picnic table with a galvanized wood frame. For the stadium, the 8-foot table was the best choice, but several styles were available. The table provided Southern Yellow pine pressure-treated boards with rounded corners for safety.
Lawrence concluded, "Our fans like the fact that we have upgraded our picnic tables in this pavilion. I think it really dresses up the deck and makes for a cleaner look."