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Visiting seating to be limited at WL-Salem this season

Deterioration of the old visiting bleachers at West Liberty-Salem will result in limited seating on that side of the football field this fall.

After state officials looked at the bleachers last spring, they were ruled to be too dangerous to continue to use. The metal was rusting where the bleachers met the ground, causing some instability.

Those bleachers have been removed. In their place are temporary sets of bleachers provided through an agreement with the Logan County Fair board and the West Liberty Lions Club.

“It’s not the ideal situation, but we are trying to do the best we can for this year,” said West Liberty-Salem athletic director Jake Vitt.

Vitt said his hope is to use the temporary bleachers only for this year.

“Hopefully, we can come up with a financial plan to have permanent visitors’ bleachers next year,” he said. “We built a pad to put these bleachers on, and we can use that pad when we put permanent bleachers in. We are trying to work ahead.”

Because the temporary bleachers are designed to sit at ground level, it may be hard to see the game from some of the lower sections.

“We want the visiting fans to know that the visibility with some of the bleachers is going to be limited,” said Vitt. “We have set up areas where fans can bring lawn chairs to set up.”

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