|Winston-Salem State heads onto the field at Bowman-Gray Stadium|
It appears as if Winston-Salem State’s bid to purchase Bowman Gray Stadium is one step closer to reality. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Winston-Salem City Council gave it’s preliminary approval of the transaction on Monday night.
The council unanimously in favor of the city’s intent to sell the stadium to WSSU for just over $7 million dollars. The city council will have to rule on a final vote.
The university has attempted to purchase the stadium from the city several times before, including last summer. That attempt received opposition from racing legend Richard Childress and several North Carolina state legislators. This year’s purchase attempt has mostly flown under the radar as the council has been more preoccupied with the sell of the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum to Wake Forest.
The stadium, which has a seating capacity of 20,000, was completed in 1949. It is named after a former RJ Reynolds CEO, and will apparently stay that way as the university has agreed that the name be retained as part of the purchase.