Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Victory Stadium Has the Last Laugh as Mason Leaves the Building

"For the City" Trinkle-?-?

"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"

Winning a seat in the predominantly Republican 17th District for an independent democrat  centrist passionate conservative (pick one) candidate requires “dancing a little side-step” to the right where plays the majority of the 17th constituency.

Gwen Mason, Councilwoman House of Delegate candidate has left the Noel C. Taylor Municipal building headed for the higher ground of the mansion on the Richmond hill already. She trades in “For The City” for the District. She had supported the amphitheater along with Councilman Dave Trinkle ever since they were elected to Roanoke City Council in 2006. Mason severed her ties with Trinkle permanently Monday when she voted against the amphitheater as part of the five year capital improvement plan.

My, how quickly time passes. It seems like yesterday that I was standing at Ruffner Middle School handing out flyers for Democrats Bowers-MacFarlane-White for Roanoke City Council in 2006. Across from me stood a paid poll worker handing out Mason-Trinkle-Dowe literature. They called themselves “Independent Democrats” back then. They were part of the caucus Delegate Onzlee Ware headed up to take over the Roanoke City Democratic Party.

Alfred Dowe, Jr. has been deposed by scandal. Ware’s campaign finances are under review, Mayor Bowers pummeled Nelson Harris in 2008 and Mason has left them all in the stadium dust.

Dr. Dave Trinkle (bless his broken amphitheater heart) has been left holding the pieces of Victory Stadium wishing he could put it all back together again.

“Victory Stadium” has the last laugh. I can still see it though you say it is gone. I can still see the field from the bleachers. Every time the movie “Remember the Titans” runs on TV I watch for the brief glimpse of the “Victory Stadium” banner as the Titans take the field to win the championship.

Those that praised her demise don’t bother me now because I can still see her sturdy and strong – never so clear as I see her today.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (5)


July 25th, 2009 at 2:39 PM    

Good reflections. Funny. I always expected a day would come when even the most hard core anti-stadium crowd would admit they made a mistake. Never quite thought it would be the leader of the “public” face of that group or come so soon. We all know he was just the front guy for the string pullers and THEY probably are still happy with their decision. Of course they are able to jump in the BMW or Benz and shoot up to DC for a weekend of entertainment at will while the rest of Roanoke checks out what’s on TV. The other sad side of this saga is what they spent the money on. Anything going on at those “stadia” this week, month, next month? Naw, one just sitting there while the school system looks for ways to cheat its way to success with the SOL’s and the other project continues to struggle with the budget. Oh well, at least we have the new 6 million dollar library to enjoy…or wait, they never got a round to that did they! I’m just waiting now for the day the a certain medical facility feels enough time has past and they need the room for another building. But then with the FTC getting in the mix, maybe they will cool it for a lot longer.

The Pamphleteer

July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 AM    

In THE END “For The City”
was just out for themselves.

The Pamphleteer

July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 AM    

The real “disgrace”
is the fact Victory Stadium

Constructed in 1942
during a crucial year
of World War II
as an inspiration to G.I.s
along with Virginians on the home front,
Victory Stadium was the largest football stadium in Virginia when it opened.

From 1946 to 1950,
the South’s Oldest Rivalry
between the University of Virginia
and the University of North Carolina
was played at the stadium.
Victory Stadium is best known
for hosting the annual Thanksgiving Day game between VMI and Virginia Tech
(then better known as VPI).
In 1971, Victory Stadium hosted
The Virginia High School League Group AAA State Football Championship
when Andrew Lewis was finally overpowered
by the massive T. C. Williams High School
from Northern Va.
The Game was depicted
in the 2000 film “Remember the Titans”
although Andrew Lewis
was replaced by a fictitious team
in the film’s championship game.
In 1973, Roanoke’s Patrick Henry High School won the Group AAA state football championship, defeating T.C. Williams
at Victory Stadium in a semifinal match. In 1996, Victory Stadium hosted the Group AA, Division 4 state football championship in which Salem High School defeated Sherando High School.
The Final Game played at Victory Stadium was a 42-16 William Fleming victory
over Alleghany High School.

There was a lot of history
at Victory Stadium.
The NFL’s Baltimore Colts
played the Dallas Cowboys
at Victory Stadium
during the pre-season.
The people of Roanoke
loved Victory Stadium.
Proponents of the stadium’s renovation cited the stadium’s contributions
to The History of Roanoke,
and looked upon Victory Stadium
with pride.

Victory Stadium’s capacity
was an asset for Roanoke,
a city too small to afford to build
a “true” stadium on its own.
The Stadium was a “gift”
from the federal government during war time and all the city of Roanoke
was asked to do in return
was to maintain it.

But “For the city” wanted
to transfer the property to Carilion.

Remember Victory Stadium !

Roanoke Free Press

August 2nd, 2009 at 4:52 AM    

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August 2nd, 2009 at 2:14 PM    

My goodness! Talk about indecision!! The RT’s appears to see the issue is not dead after all. With $11,500 contributed to Rosen’s election efforts and with Prices sudden change of view maybe the string pullers are back in action after all. This should be good.

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