, Salem, MA

October 21, 2013

Bertram Field on schedule for Nov. 1 reopening

By Bethany Bray

---- — SALEM — Bertram Field is on schedule to be ready by Nov. 1, but the running track won’t be finished until spring.

Bertram Field, Salem High School’s main football stadium, is undergoing a $1.9 million renovation. The complex, behind Collins Middle School, is getting a new artificial turf field, expanded running track, new scoreboard and other upgrades.

Work is coming down the home stretch this month: The turf field has been installed, including the yard lines, end zones and other markings. According to Mayor Kim Driscoll’s office, it will be ready by Nov. 1, in time to host the Thanksgiving Day football game.

The track’s surface cannot be finished until early spring due to weather, said Dominick Pangallo, Driscoll’s aide. The contractor will put down temporary striping on the track’s unfinished asphalt surface so it can be used as the field reopens this fall, he said.

Bertram Field closed in June. During construction, Salem High School has scheduled football, soccer and other fall sports games at alternative sites. Football teams are playing all of their games out of town until November.

Two city councilors have recently put time into improvements at Bertram, Pangallo said.

Councilor William Legault led a volunteer crew doing some tree work last weekend, and Councilor Robert McCarthy is helping with the construction of the storage shed.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.