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Best high school stadium

We had such a huge response in the nominations phase, and the nominees included many stadiums outside the metro Atlanta area. Since we like to leave some of the rules up to the readers, we decided we’d break the voting down into local and statewide facilities. Though we’ve confined our picks to the Atlanta area, we let you vote for both the local and the statewide stadium – and here are your winners.

YOUR PICKS (METRO ATLANTA)

Parkview's Big Orange Jungle

1) Parkview High School’s Big Orange Jungle

You said, “I went to a rival school and played in the Big Orange Jungle at Parkview and that place was pretty cool looking.”

2) McEachern High School’s Cantrell Stadium

3) Marietta High School’s Northcutt Stadium

4) Atlanta Public Schools’ Lakewood Stadium

5) Collins Hill High School

YOUR PICKS (STATEWIDE)

Carrollton's Grisham Stadium

Carrollton's Grisham Stadium

1) Carrollton High School’s Grisham Stadium

You said, “Has got to be Grisham Stadium-Maddox Track at Historic Trojan Field in Carrollton, Ga. That place is immaculate. Turf field, chair back-fold down seats, jumbotron, 2 story fieldhouse and 2 story press box.”

2) Ware County High School’s Memorial Stadium

3) Valdosta High School’s Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

4) Elbert County Comprehensive High School’s Granite Bowl

5) Dublin High School’s Shamrock Bowl

OUR PICKS

McEachern's Cantrell Stadium

1) McEachern High School’s Cantrell Stadium

Staff writer Larry Hartstein says, “Artificial turf, scenic backdrop, great atmosphere, rich tradition — what’s not to like?”

2) Brookwood Community Stadium

3) St. Pius’ George B. Maloof Stadium

4) Grady Stadium

5) Marietta’s Northcutt Stadium

And you might want to check out our list of Georgia’s best high school players in the AJC’s annual Super 11 or just take a look at the gallery of photos. Follow your favorite teams throughout the coming season on our high school sports page.

For a list of some of our state’s more interesting high school stadiums, or if you just want to find your way to one of them, take a look at our interactive map.

380 comments Add your comment

PT

August 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Garland Shoemake @ East Coweta is one of the best. Great atmosphere on Friday night

zulucanibal

August 17th, 2009
1:32 pm

Granite Bowl in Elberton, Georgia has to be one of the best nation wide…not just this state!!

JacketTracker

August 17th, 2009
1:33 pm

Phil Reeve Stadium in Calhoun. New AstroTurf a great improvement.

This is Jacket Country.

Angie

August 17th, 2009
1:33 pm

Home of the Fighting Irish the SHAMROCK BOWL!!

Alex H.

August 17th, 2009
1:34 pm

Halford Stadium (formally DeKalb Memorial Stadium). The new Decatur Stadium looks fantastic as well.

Kay Darnell

August 17th, 2009
1:36 pm

Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium, Rabun County High, Tiger GA. From the home team side of the field there is a wonderful view of the northeast Georgia mountains and if weather conditions are just right the sunsets are an artist’s delight.

CC

August 17th, 2009
1:37 pm

Northcutt Stadium is a dump – they haven’t done anything to improve that stadium in over 30 years. The visitors side is horrible.

McEachern has a nice facility

aztec

August 17th, 2009
1:38 pm

weslyean h.s. in norcross

aztec

August 17th, 2009
1:39 pm

im sure all DAWG fans would say bobby dodd stadium at ga tech

KJ

August 17th, 2009
1:39 pm

DS

August 17th, 2009
1:39 pm

McEachern High, hands down. It is the nicest stadium in metro-Atlanta.

Kim Banks

August 17th, 2009
1:47 pm

Cheney Stadium

mike

August 17th, 2009
1:48 pm

Fahring Field (Collins Hill High School)- visiting bleachers seating is bigger than most home home seating in 5A. Locker room for visitors right underneath. Home side is goal line to goal line seating. Named after the late coach that started the program. Great community atmosphere.

BIG DAWG

August 17th, 2009
1:50 pm

Bobby Dodd.

I know a college team plays there, but it’s still a high school stadium.

ATL BUZZ

August 17th, 2009
1:50 pm

EAST HALL STADIUM – GAINESVILLE GA
GO VIKINGS!!!

ATL BUZZ

August 17th, 2009
1:52 pm

EAST HALL STADIUM – VAHLAHALLA – GAINESVILLE GA – HOME OF THE VIKINGS
The best around!!

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 17th, 2009
1:52 pm

Without exception is is Cleveland Field. It is like going to Grant Field, it is unbelievable for a high school stadium. Second is the one in Dublin and third is the one in Elberton. Gainesville is similar. In metro Atlanta, I think Central Gwinnett is the best. The others like Parkeview and McEachern are no differn’t than any other big school like Martin Stadium at Lowndes or Lakewood.

CJ

August 17th, 2009
1:53 pm

Rickster,

I graduated from CGHS in 1991. The castle wasn’t there when I went to school and we either got our tails handed to us by Brookwood or Parkview. More so with Brookwood than the later of the 2.

shankit

August 17th, 2009
1:53 pm

Bazemore Hyder stadium at Cleveland Field.
22 State Championships
6 National Championships
Wildcat Museum
More history than any stadium in the country.

Sundawg

August 17th, 2009
1:54 pm

Memorial Stadium in Waycross, GA is without a doubt one of the best stadiums in GA.

Ramjet

August 17th, 2009
1:55 pm

Sanford Stadium.

I know a college team plays there, but the crowd still hasn’t graduated high school.

M-town

August 17th, 2009
1:55 pm

Northcutt was the first choice for the “Remember the Titans” movie, and would have been in the movie had the city not voted it down.

CJ

August 17th, 2009
1:56 pm

Just for curiosity’s sake….I went to Forest Park before moving to Central Gwinnett. Does Forest Park still use Tara Stadium???

Tennille

August 17th, 2009
1:56 pm

Grisham Stadium – Carrollton High School in Carrollton, GA … GO TROJANS!!!

Oglethorpe

August 17th, 2009
1:58 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, Georgia. Played against them in high school. Has an old score board from Stanford Stadium, with the noise off of the granite bleachers it is very loud place to play.

Mstewar

August 17th, 2009
2:00 pm

Collins Hill High School – Fahring Field. GO EAGLES. The best in the state.

dano

August 17th, 2009
2:01 pm

Gainesville’s stadium is beautiful. Surrounded by mature Oak trees in a semi natural depression with natural grass…all right in the middle of town

AtlDawg

August 17th, 2009
2:03 pm

I would say that the Shamrock Bowl is for sure in the top 5 in the state. It sits down in the bowl, nice fieldhouse on the upper endzone and the town shuts down on a friday night for these games. During the state title game a few years ago,even the endzone was full of people,which i would say had between at least 20,000 people there, the tailgating before the game was even crazy. Hell those people even had planes with banners flying around, felt like a college game atmosphere…There are some great stadiums here in the metro area, but i really enjoyed my visit to the Shamrock Bowl….

Desiree

August 17th, 2009
2:05 pm

DEATH VALLEY – AVONDALE HIGH

eBuzz

August 17th, 2009
2:05 pm

Hughes Spalding Stadium at Marist. Looks like a high quality D-1AA stadium, is always full, and has Varsity hot dogs to boot.

TR

August 17th, 2009
2:09 pm

There is no other stadium that compares to Walter Cantrell stadium at McEachern High School.

Coach

August 17th, 2009
2:10 pm

Cherokee High School. Pops painted it all by himself with the help of very few people!!!!!! It looks better than when it was first built. Plus the Board of Education and administration helped with some other improvements.

Pretend like u don't know???

August 17th, 2009
2:12 pm

What high school stadium has a museum? Bazemore-Hyder Stadium aka Cleveland Field aka “Death Valley” Valdosta High

cambone43

August 17th, 2009
2:12 pm

Forsyth Central’s Dawg Pound. No doubt about it.

John

August 17th, 2009
2:12 pm

The North Georgia bias, or lack of knowledge about anything outside Metro-Atlanta, is obvious in this poll. Anyone who has been to Waycross, GA has seen the state’s finest high school football stadium. It is a school owned, not city owned stadium. This facility was once a minor league baseball stadium and the covered former “behind home plate” section is still a covered section and affords “weather friendly” seating for about 2,000 folks. The chairback seating in a large reserved seating area, and special seat placement in all home side seating is a special touch. With seating for 10,000, great parking, along with very good concession and restroom facilities make this absolutely the BEST HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM IN GEORGIA

TR

August 17th, 2009
2:18 pm

lol at you folks naming stadiums that share with colleges, used to be a minor league baseball stadium, owned by city of Atl, or any stadium in Gwinnett. Visit Mceachern’s and come back and change your answers.

Brad

August 17th, 2009
2:20 pm

Dalton High, Harmon Field!

Windell Parker

August 17th, 2009
2:26 pm

I’m from Valdosta but have lived in the metro area for 19 years. Have attended dozens and dozens of
games in many different stadiums. My first impression when I walk in one of them is: they call this
a football stadium. Two of the largest stadiums in the state are located in Valdosta, 1 for the
Wildcats and the other for the Lowndes Vikings. Valdosta completely rebuilt their stadium a few
years ago and it is a Masterpiece. There are many things to do and see there other than play
football, for instance, the walk of fame where players names are printed on bricks and form a walkway around photos and statues of former coaches, players and they have a museum. If you would like to see their stadium, go to http://www.valdostawildcats.com and click of one of the many
links that lead you to a picture review of everything, including a time-table of how the stadium was built. So, I beleive that Valdosta Bazemore-Hyder Field is No. 1 and Martin Field (Lowndes Vikings)
is No. 2. Just my opinion from all of the stadiums that I have visited in the state. Thank you.

Elberton GA Stadium

August 17th, 2009
2:28 pm

Tommy

August 17th, 2009
2:31 pm

House of Pain is Home of the WACO Hawks — Teams feel the PAIN when they play there — State Champs 94,96,97 — Takeo Spkies,Robert Edwards,Terrance Edwards,George Askew and the list goes on — Mention the House of Pain and teams cringe

benadawg

August 17th, 2009
2:31 pm

i am a chattooga graduate but to me the best playing field is Trions’ Sam R. Mccain stadium. the fans are right on top of the field.

Kevin

August 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

Memorial Stadium- Columbus GA – A beautiful stadium that seats between 25,000- 30,000. When you first see this beautiful stadium located in the middle of downtown Columbus you immediately see it has the look of the coliseum at Southern Cal. This stadium for a while played host to the Georgia vs Auburn games for a while back a long time ago. Carver high school plays their home games here but other schools also have some games scheduled here as well. (Jordan Vocational High School c/o 05)

Weve

August 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

Im not a fan of Valdosta, but anyone who doesn’t believe that valdosta wildcats dont have the best stadium has lost their mind. I can understand if you have never been to there stadium but if you have and you didn’t vote for it than you are wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!! There stadium is so nice, the two-time national champs of VSU would rather pay 10,000 a game to play there than build there own stadium. I have been all over the state since I coach and they have the best stadium by far.

Matt Smith

August 17th, 2009
2:36 pm

No doubt. Valdosta is the biggest and best. Title Town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt Smith

August 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

Valdosta = Title Town

The Big Show

August 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

The Bearcats Den home to the Bainbridge Bearcats. Holds 15,000 fans and has a big screen play by play score board.

Bacpacbill

August 17th, 2009
2:38 pm

Lucy C Laney High School,Augusta,Ga.

DT

August 17th, 2009
2:41 pm

The Jackets Nest in Thomasville,Ga.

Kevin

August 17th, 2009
2:42 pm

Old Dawg

August 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

The Granite Bowl, Elberton, GA. Ain’t nothing like it nowhere!