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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 19th, 2009
3:19 pm

I know there are a ton of great HS stadiums in GA, but this is the Best of the Big A. Atlanta.

I have no affiliation with this school, but I’d have to say Lovett, with the stone stadium on one side of the field and a gorgeous stretch of the Chattahoochee at field level on the opposite side, is pretty special place to see a game.

Indian Fan

August 19th, 2009
3:22 pm

McEachern High School Football statium is the best for fan and players.


August 19th, 2009
3:42 pm

Collins Hill High School – Fahring Field. Big and very nice.


August 19th, 2009
3:43 pm

Dekalb Memorial stadium, now Hallford Stadium. Somw of the best games in high school history have been played on this feild. SWD won the state championship on this field. Great players have played on this feild. Quincy Carter, Jamal Lewis to name a couple

Taylor Wooden

August 19th, 2009
3:50 pm

Some are now calling the Concrete Place at Lowndes……..”Gangland”

Jody Howell

August 19th, 2009
4:04 pm

Definately the Granite Bowl in Elberton


August 19th, 2009
4:10 pm

Cleveland field in valdosta was once the best stadium. But since they put in artifical turf, a lot of the field’s tradition faded.

The best: Brodie field in tifton. See for yourself


August 19th, 2009
4:10 pm

The Brickyard – Home of the Thomson Bulldogs!
Thomson, GA


August 19th, 2009
4:10 pm

I agree with two already mentioned
Grady Stadium, I played there in the 70’s
Northcutt Stadium in Marietta – Right on the action, in the middle of town, not surrounded by a track


August 19th, 2009
4:16 pm

The Boneyard….home of the East Paulding Raiders. Complete with a pirate ship and cannon, which is discharged ever Raider score!!!


August 19th, 2009
4:27 pm

Come on Lakewood is number 1 in this state.


August 19th, 2009
4:50 pm


August 19th, 2009
4:55 pm

Glynn County Stadium is very bug and nice.


August 19th, 2009
4:56 pm

Sting 'em Buzz

August 19th, 2009
5:07 pm

City Park in Gainesville

Nick Hyder

August 19th, 2009
5:30 pm

Walter Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School in Powder Springs. Home of the Indians.

CGHS Alumni

August 19th, 2009
5:58 pm

CGHS is the best!!!

Big Dawg

August 19th, 2009
8:38 pm

The Pit!! Toombs County Bulldogs in Lyons Georgia. Laney and the Shamrock Bowl in Dublin are both great stadiums also.


August 19th, 2009
8:52 pm

McEachern No doubt about it!


August 19th, 2009
10:33 pm

Columbus Memorial, Brodie Field-Tifton, Savannah Memorial, Granite Bowl-Elbeton, and I have to say Newnan’s stadium is no where near the top. The visitors side is way to small and their field was a mess after the rain in last years game against Camden.


August 19th, 2009
10:42 pm

Realistic: “Cherokee/Marietta”? Those are two different schools. Which are you referring to?

Me thinks we have another Burger King here with the Granite Bowl.


August 19th, 2009
11:37 pm

The best stadium in Georgia is at Lambert High School in Cumming!! It is brand new and is gorgeous!! Exciting times and new traditions starting this fall!!!

C/0 97

August 20th, 2009
12:29 am

Has to be McEachern. I played there when I was in high school and there was nothing like it. There is just something knowing that indian statue has your back.

ronny strickland

August 20th, 2009
12:30 am

as bad as it hurts to root for a rival WAYCROSS GA MEMORIAL stadium for those of you who do not know it was once a minor league baseball stadium and yes an improvement on some smaller colleges you atlanta guys do not know about that southern Georgia football in Waycross they love their gators best high school stadium in the state complete with large scoreboard tv end zone field house center of town location updated…..perfect im sure if you stay up with AAAA football long enough you might enjoy it yourself dont be surprised if i told you so….like i said their a rival go pierce county bears!

ronny strickland

August 20th, 2009
12:36 am these pics dont do it justice especially seat behind would be home plate huge im tellin you

Foxx City to ATL

August 20th, 2009
2:30 am

Mary Persons High School’s Dan Pitts stadium in Forsyth, Georgia has to be on the list. Named after the one time winningest high school coach in Georgia, the stadium has history and character. I can still remember seeing the players touch the gold bulldog statue as they ran down the hill from the field house to take the field while I was playing in the stands as a member of the marching band. Good memories!!


August 20th, 2009
6:46 am

Granite Bowl in Elberton. Hands down the best in the state!


August 20th, 2009
7:13 am

I agree, fields with tracks don’t count.( To far away from field)
Carpet, artificial turf, fake grass, whatever you want to call it…If it was ROLLED out and does’nt need water or a mower YOUR OUT TOO.
(Click on Georgia)

The overall facilities suck… But Bradwell has one of the best kept REAL grass fields that these eyes have ever seen.


August 20th, 2009
7:59 am

Lambert High School Forsyth County, GA

Centennial High School Alpharetta/Roswell


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8:02 am


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8:07 am


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8:14 am


August 20th, 2009
8:23 am

There is better than Walter H. Cantrell Stadium at McEachern

Valdosta Dawg

August 20th, 2009
8:52 am

The Valdosta Wildcats Bazemore-Hyder Stadium at Cleveland Field ( AKA the one and only DEATH VALLEY) is the best around, Since 1913 they have played there. Martin Stadium at Lowndes is ok if you like concrete.

McEachern Alumni

August 20th, 2009
9:22 am

McEachern has the best high school stadium in GA, hands down!

rocky redwood

August 20th, 2009
9:24 am

Granite Bowl in Elberton or Harmon Field in Dalton


August 20th, 2009
9:36 am

Chris Gilman Stadium.Home to your 5A State Champions,

” The Camden County Wildcats !!! “

H. Boggs

August 20th, 2009
10:28 am


August 20th, 2009
10:38 am

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August 20th, 2009
11:04 am

No doubt that running out of the pines at Billy Henderson Stadium at Clarke Central HS in Athens ranks right up there! But, all HS football is a great community happening and everyone should be proud of what this state produces for our young people.


August 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

Granite Bowl in Elbert County…. Easy choice


August 20th, 2009
1:00 pm

Central gwinnetts castle and one of the oldest teams


August 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

Are yo guys kidding.Have you seen the Milton High School stadium..WOW!
BEST of the BEST! Alpharetta Ga, HOMe of the EAGLES!

george goodding

August 20th, 2009
2:21 pm

panther stadium in Decatur GA home of the SWD panthers


August 20th, 2009
4:16 pm

very unique
nationally known!

War Jacket

August 21st, 2009
8:26 am

Hands down, Northcutt Stadium home of the Marietta Blue Devils. Built out of stone, nestled in a residential area, just off the Marietta Square. Extra points land in homeowner’s back yards.No track, you sit right on top of the action.


August 21st, 2009
2:06 pm

McEachern is amazing! Sequoyah is great with the concrete bleachers, huge Jumbotron, and sunken field. I like Etowah’s turf, but hate the seating and parking.


August 22nd, 2009
10:29 am

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA


August 22nd, 2009
10:31 am

I’ve been to stadiums from one end of the state to the other over the past 20-30 years and the two that stand out most have gotten a lot of love in this thread already, so I’ll just add to it. Bazemore-Hyder in Valdosta and The Granite Bowl in Elberton.