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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.


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


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


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


August 18th, 2009
5:54 pm

I would have to agree with fisheriesdawg. The Granite Bowl in Elberton is by far the best stadium in GA. It erupts on a good night and you just can’t beat it!


August 18th, 2009
5:57 pm

The best playing surface in the state of GA is in Camden County! Ask any player that has played there and he will tell you the that. Not to mention it has the best parking and vehicle access and plenty of seating!!! OH and the best team in the state beats people up there also!!

ol raider fan

August 18th, 2009
6:00 pm

The Boneyard of Dallas, GA at East Paulding HIgh School.

Brand new facilities, biggest weight room in the state of GA, (including colleges).

Patrick B

August 18th, 2009
6:42 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton.


August 18th, 2009
6:43 pm

Ok, Thanks to “Dejay” he has wrote us a five paragraph essay. That’s just a little bit too much for a blog. Have you ever been to Warner Robins, Lagrange, Columbus. Smalls towns, that share stadiums. And guess what? State Championships have been won there. But OH wait. Did you forget State championships are now held on a neutral field at the Dome. I dare you to go to Northside-Warner Robins and call them pretenders because they share a stadium. I dare to go to Mays, Douglass or SWD and tell them that they are pretenders because they share a stadium. Yeah, having your own stadium will give you a more of a home feeling. But you don’t see the students, parents or boosters complaining. Because if they was, they probably would have built a stadium in their backyard a long time ago. And to answer the question again. I’m an Astro Fan and I have to say


August 18th, 2009
6:47 pm

Natural grass is > artificial turf. You lose points for fake grass.

Patsy Suttles

August 18th, 2009
7:16 pm

There is no doubt that the most awesome statium is the Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA. There is just something special about playing in a statium where all the fan noise and the band’s music just echos from wall to wall. Everyone that has played there has made the comment that they feel they or playing somewhere other that a “high school” field.


August 18th, 2009
7:34 pm

Granite Bowl does look very nice. But I’m sticking with Marietta’s Northcutt Stadium/French Johnson Field.


August 18th, 2009
7:36 pm

The one and only Granite Bowl in Elberton. Nothing quite like it. Go Blue Devils!


August 18th, 2009
7:57 pm

McEachern’s stadium is impressive. Minus points for the rug, though.

Georgia Girl

August 18th, 2009
8:03 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton is great. I’ve heard guys talk about their memories of playing in the Granite Bowl, even if they only played one game. Get a big, loud crowd there and it’s awesome.


August 18th, 2009
8:28 pm

Bazemore Hyder stadium at Cleveland Valdosta… best there s.


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August 18th, 2009
9:10 pm

Granite Bowl in Elberton,Ga. The ONLY high school stadium in the state that is a BOWL and definately the only GRANITE BOWL!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

Bucky Plyler

August 18th, 2009
9:16 pm

Enter your comments here
The Granite Bowl in Elberton is the best high school football stadium. There is nothing quite like it anywhere.


August 18th, 2009
9:30 pm

I’m from Elberton, and Bucky Plyler was the man that ran our little league program when I was a kid. If that’s actually you Bucky, thank you for your service! My little league experience really helped shape my life!

Bobby Bowers

August 18th, 2009
9:31 pm

Although I played high school football in Atlanta, there is nothing like the unique, beautiful, massive, and historic … Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA…a must see.


August 18th, 2009
9:57 pm

Granite Bowl (Elberton, GA)

Jane Hofman

August 18th, 2009
10:19 pm

Elbert County Granite Bowl!!!! Elberton, Ga.


August 18th, 2009
10:33 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA! It’s a unique facility and it gets really loud in there when the Blue Devils are playing their game…check out that new mascot roaming the sidelines this year! Love you Dante’!!

Carmelita Allen

August 19th, 2009
12:01 am

Sounds like the Blue Devil Fans finally got wind of this blog! I marched with the band for 3 years and we marched in many stadiums, but none of them could hold a candle to the Granite Bowl, When you marched onto that field during a packed Elbert County vs Hart County game, there was nothing like it! Go Big Blue!!!


August 19th, 2009
2:25 am

As far as being aesthetically pleasing, Ware County (Waycross) has the best high school stadium I’ve ever seen.


August 19th, 2009
2:50 am

Shamrock Bowl gets my vote


August 19th, 2009
3:14 am

Waycross has a nice stadium, but there’s a reason you can’t find any pics of the visitor’s side on their website; it’s the worst around.

The view is horrible; no track around the field, but the metal bleachers on the visitors side are set back as if there were.

#1 Valdosta
#2 Lowndes (recent renovations moved it up on my list)

I’m surprised no one has mentioned tifton yet. They have a very nice stadium.

bill young

August 19th, 2009
5:25 am

From an official on the field view Glynn County Stadium ( best grass in georgia). Waycross high field, Colquit Co., Bazemore Hyder, McEachern, Camden Co, Tift Co, Woodward.


August 19th, 2009
6:16 am

McEachern’s Walter Cantrell Stadium-beautiful college like campus, jumbo tron, foreboding Indian mascot statue, nice concrete bleachers on both sides of stadium!


August 19th, 2009
7:01 am

Grisham Stadium-Maddox Track at Trojan Field in Carrollton. Amazing! The best splost dollars can buy.

Jimmy Brown

August 19th, 2009
7:10 am

Easily the Granite Bowl is the most unique in the state, should be ranked #1

the real Old Gold

August 19th, 2009
9:03 am

I’m partial to Calhoun’s stadium, and they just got a brand new turf field, but I admit the stands need some work. I think Rome High/Shorter College’s Barron stadium is amazing. The city has done an awesome job with updates since they scored the NAIA national title game.


August 19th, 2009
9:11 am

it’s Definitely: McConnell-Talbert Stadium aka the MAC! in Warner Robins, Ga Friday nights Rock and you can hear the crowd reaction all across the City! And kid who go on to play d-1 or d-2 ball after high school in warner robins have no problem playing in front of big crowds because the have been used to playing in front of over 10000 people every week! just ask Chansi Stuckey of the New York jets Northside alum class of 2002 and clemson Graduate!

Sequoyah Chief

August 19th, 2009
9:34 am

Tommy Baker field in Canton, Waleska Dawg? Really? the field stinks, the visitor side is way too small, Sequoyah brings more people to the game than you do. the worst staduim in Cherokee county without a doubt, possible the state.


August 19th, 2009
9:38 am

Georgia Tech has the best HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM!


August 19th, 2009
10:16 am

Decatur High School.
Brand new stadium with artificial turf.
State of the art.

Adrienne Medley-Green

August 19th, 2009
10:28 am

NORCROSS HIGH SCHOOL has the BEST STADIUM. Its beautiful, comfortable, sponsors are visbly represented, they have die hard fans, great organization and respectful players and staff. The community has helped build the school and the DUKE HOUSE is AWESOME !!! Norcross doesn’t get as much recognition that they deserve. Many of their athletes have gotten scholarships n headed to the PRO’s GO NORCROSS BLUE DEVILS !!!


August 19th, 2009
10:28 am

Instead of dumping on communities that share stadiums, how about eliminating ones that have porta potties like Brookwood & Parkview. For a smaller school, Tom Riden Stadium in Buford is very nice.
Central Gwinnett’s visitors section is deplorable. Collins Hill, Lowndes, Talbot-McConnell (WR) all have nice stadiums. Have not been to Bazemore-Hyder since the renovations, but have seen pix & very impressive.


August 19th, 2009
10:29 am

Grisham Stadium – Carrollton, GA – Home of the Trojans and years of tradition. The CHS Band is also Great. Friday Night Football – nothing like it.

Viking Warrior

August 19th, 2009
11:04 am

Martin Stadium at Lowndes High, Nicknamed “The Concrete Palace or The Palace of Pain” Don’t Come Knockin when the fifty six hundred home side fans start rockin”

Trojan Player

August 19th, 2009
11:33 am

There is a high school sports blog that fans use during the football season. Every time a team plays in MORGAN COUNTY the web site lights up with praise and positive commants about their stadium. Madison, Georgia is a very special place and their football stadium is scond to none. Please see it for yourself…it is worth the trip out I-20 to Madison. It truly is FABULOUS!

Northside Observer

August 19th, 2009
11:45 am

Todd, To better compare stadiums you need to see them when they are empty. I have seen some that just look beautiful until I see them the next day and wow! they look so different. Waycross-Ware County Stadium looks like a minor league baseball field which it was. This subtracts from its football significance. Memorial Stadium in Columbus tops all I have seen but it is not a a High School Stadium, it is basically a College Stadium that can hold 25,000-30,000 people. That is not HS.!.


August 19th, 2009
12:32 pm

Swainsboro’s Tiger Field is a great stadium. There is not a bad seat in the house. This year we have new endzone college style seating for our band. We have a new track surface and new football surface. GOOOOOO SWAINSBORO!

Football's greatest Rush End

August 19th, 2009
1:17 pm

Memorial Stadium hands down.

Gwinnett's Finest

August 19th, 2009
1:28 pm

Brookwood Community Stadium is a concrete dump. The Big Orange Jungle in Parkview is by far THE best stadium in GA. Remember, Valdosta and Lakewood…it’s stadium, not field.


August 19th, 2009
1:51 pm

Centennial High School in Roswell!


August 19th, 2009
1:51 pm

Best I’ve seen….no particular order,,

Thomas County Central,,,,great place,,,with lots of seating
Dalton……beautiful country atmosphere
Cherokee/Marietta………old time charm and intimate settings and both put you right down on the field as close as possible.
Milton HS…….beautiful facility

Former Band Mom

August 19th, 2009
2:07 pm

This topic is funny. When we moved down here from CT we drove by a stadium and I commented about how there must be a small college in the area. Wrong! It was a high school stadium that was 100% nicer than the BLEACHERS my COLLEGE had for fans!! (Western CT State University – love you Coach Paul Pasqualoni!) I’m totally biased but Lions Stadium is one of the nicest I’ve seen in the three years of being a Band Mom. I agree that McEachern is beautiful too, though! Lowndes – ick! When we went down there last year to play all I kept hearing about was the “Concrete Palace.” I was totally unimpressed!


August 19th, 2009
2:49 pm

Inside Atlanta, it has to be Hughes Spalding Stadium at Marist. The stadium has 2 permanent stands, unlike most with the metal benches that are unsteady and wobble. It also has the varsity there at every game and easy access to 285 which is 1.5 miles away.
Outside Atlanta, Valdosta’s stadium is the best I’ve seen.


August 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

Twelve Oaks-Lovejoy, Gainesville Highs School, Tara Stadium


August 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

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August 19th, 2009
3:15 pm

Death Valley, the home of the Gladiators. There’s nothing like watching the Glads come through the pines.