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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

War Eagle

August 22nd, 2009
11:19 am

Woodward Academy’s Brand New Stadium Hands Down.


August 22nd, 2009
11:51 am

The fact that Grisham Stadium (Carrollton High School) was left off of this list proves to me that Shane Harrison knows very little about high school football. The Trojans’ football cathedral out in Carroll County is easily one of the top five high school football stadiums in the state, and would reasonably compete with others in the Southeast. WSB-TV, the AJC, Fox 5, and other broadcast teams need to make their way out on I-20 to Carrollton to see the beauty that lies within Grisham Stadium.


August 22nd, 2009
5:45 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton Ga is very unique because its made out of granite!

Part of the Pack

August 23rd, 2009
2:26 pm

This one is a matter of personal taste for old school stadiums I would have to go with Elberton’s Granite Bowl. It’s beautiful and has a smash mouth feel to it. When I think of the newer breed of stadiums (Jumbo-trons etc. . .) I would go with Tom Riden in Buford. They celebrate every student from the players, to the cheerleaders, to the super fans. It’s great!


August 23rd, 2009
2:43 pm

Among the small class A stadiums I have seen, Bowdon High School’s Warren P. Sewell Field has to be considered one of the nicest. It’s a newly renovated stadium with an old school feel to it. There’s even a cemetary you can see just behind the concession stand. There’s not a bad seat in the house, and it’s a rockin’ place on Friday nights.


August 23rd, 2009
3:40 pm

I have to represent the Deep South and go with Charlton County High School


August 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

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August 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Have’nt seen any of the stadiums down south, but of what I have seen Milton has to have the best stadium while McEachern has an amazing campus to go along with a nice stadium

Sped Teacher

August 23rd, 2009
4:00 pm

Lincoln Co is not the biggest, but it usually is 100% full.

Big Bob

August 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Has to be Grisham Stadium in Carrollton, GA.


August 23rd, 2009
4:07 pm

I’ve been to hundreds of high school games. The prettiest stadium I have seen is the Gainesville High stadium. What a beautiful setting!!


August 23rd, 2009
4:25 pm

Lakewood? You gotta be joking! I’ll go with Collins Hill HS in Gwinnett. You won’t ever see places like that in Atlanta or Dekalb. In Dekalb county they instead would prefer to spend all of their resources on top heavy central office salaries and not give teachers raises for over 2 years!

Greased Lightnin'

August 23rd, 2009
4:29 pm

If for outstanding name only, North Springs’ Thermopylae Stadium is up there, even though anybody having orange as a color should be ashamed of themselves. Marietta’s Northcutt Stadium, where the great Eric Zeier played, is pretty boss. You also have to love Cherokee’s stadium because it’s the only place I’ve seen where they make and sell boiled peanuts up under the stands. And that granite stadium in Elberton is cool as grits. The best, however, hands down, is Bill Hoskyn Stadium at Riverwood because it offers a great escape route for streakers.


August 23rd, 2009
4:30 pm

Lowndes High School’s concrete palace. The vikings just rebuilt the stadium and it is immaculate. An incredible atmosphere and a great place, the stadium is all ways packed. I haven’t visited anywhere like it.


August 23rd, 2009
4:32 pm

I have to agree with Frankie. the martin stadium is a scary place to be at and those vikings really know how to put on a show. cant wait to come back and play in valdosta


August 23rd, 2009
4:55 pm

How can you compare Valdosta’s stadium to Homerville’s stadium.That’s like comparing apples to oranges Me personally think that if your going to compare stadiums they should be compared according to GHSA school classification. class A, AA,AAA and so on.


August 23rd, 2009
5:28 pm

things to think about.parking, concessions, bathroom facilities, team facilities, coaches skyboxes for video, pressboxes, crowd atmosphere,as well as the aesthetics of the facility. and a well maintained real turf should be important. some fields have poor field surfaces, some have hazardous artificial turf (cant be healthy to breathe the new rubber turf)

i would have to remove valdosta’s bazemore stadium. the home side is worthy of nomination. the visitor’s side is why this facility shouldnt be considered. insufficient seating for teams that travel well and is always overcrowded to standing room only for 5A region opponents, while the home side has empty sections. Bathrooms, concessions and visitor’s entry are insufficient for large 5A visitors team fans. very limited parking, usually having to park blocks away; if valdosta state didnt have all the parking marked as “tow unmarked”, the parking would be sufficient.

Lowndes stadium is worthy of being considered. adequate seating on both sides, sufficient concessions and bathrooms, and parking is the best in the region.great fieldhouse design. easy access to the stadium and parking via 4 lane roads surrounding the school and next to I 75.

mcconnel tolbert in warner robins. even with the track. i like the elavation pitch on the seating. makes for great viewing, public facilities are adequate, unsure about the team areas but it seems like the larger teams don’t have sufficient space to allow all of the players into the field house.

tift’s brodie field is worthy of consideration. adequate seating, concessions, bathrooms. the original design allowed for future expansion, now easily seats around 10,000 and could easily double that in future expansion on visitor side and north endzone. large scoreboard in the north endzone, original scoreboard in south end zone, newly renovated concessions and bathrooms, entirely new field house with design for large 5A teams. large coaches boxes on both sides,and large press box on top of west side, and a real turf which is home grown in the turf capital of the world. Games are always with great 1 AAAAA teams whose fans travel well and usually ends up with a gate of 8000 or more for every game. Stadium also host 7,8,9,10,JV and annual youth league thankgiving tournament.

wish i could find better photos..


August 23rd, 2009
5:37 pm

Memorial Stadium in Waycross is probably the nicest stadium I’ve seen. Most of the Atlanta area stadiums can’t hold a candle to it. It’s also very large and, from what I’ve seen, almost always full.


August 23rd, 2009
5:48 pm

Memorial Stadium in Waycross. An historic, but state of the art, facility. Originally built in the 1940’s as a minor-league baseball stadium, it has been home to high school football in Waycross for many years. It was recently renovated and is undoubtedly one of the finest high school stadiums in the state.

GA Dog

August 23rd, 2009
6:00 pm

Any of the following FB stadiums in Gwinnett County, where the highest concentration of excellent HS football is played, such as Collins Hill, Brookwood, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Norcross, Dacula, Grayson and Buford.


August 23rd, 2009
6:04 pm

Lowndes. Valdosta doesn’t count because it is a college stadium.

Anthony Newman

August 23rd, 2009
6:32 pm

Grisham Stadium, Carrollton Trojans. Beautiful new grandstands and fieldhouse, historic filed, always a capacity and enthuastic crowd, best halftime show in the State.


August 23rd, 2009
6:40 pm

The SWAMP!! Memorial Stadium in Waycross, Ga. This is an old beauty (1940’s) in downtown, that used to be a Minor League Baseball stadium for the Waycross Bears. (PS Hank Aaron played minor league ball here)


August 23rd, 2009
6:45 pm

Brodie Field in Tifton and also Valdosta Wildcat Field. Valdosta

Really Old Dawg

August 23rd, 2009
6:50 pm

Yes, it is the Granite Bowl in Elberton. And the food is good, too!


August 23rd, 2009
6:57 pm

Ratliff Stadium, Odessa,TX. Home of the Permian Panthers and the original “Friday Night Lights”!!!!

Warrior fan

August 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm

Tommy Baker Field at Cherokee High School!

Lisa Crumpton

August 23rd, 2009
8:05 pm

I know the footballs not great but Shiloh Community Stadium and Charlie Jordan Field are my vote. the Stadium is old school brick and built by the community!

Lisa Crumpton

August 23rd, 2009
8:07 pm

I know the footballs not great but I vote for Shiloh community stadium and Charlie Jordan Field. It’s old school brick and built by the community.


August 23rd, 2009
8:19 pm

Buford High…Tom Riden Stadium….it’s more gorgeous than anything else….and now they’ve built a brick and rod iron fence around the front of the whole school, extended the classrooms to the football field and it makes it…no place like home….


August 23rd, 2009
8:21 pm

Valdosta High’s stadium is nice, but it holds all that’s left of the Wildcat football program – the museum and Walk of Fame. Valdosta State offered to buy the stadium before the renovation, but Valdosta High wouldn’t sell. The stadium is surrounded by VSU and is in a very inconvenient location. I can’t believe anyone would mention Lowndes High’s stadium.


August 23rd, 2009
8:27 pm

Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta. GO CATS!!!


August 23rd, 2009
8:32 pm

McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA


August 23rd, 2009
8:39 pm

Brogdon Stadium at Montgomery Co.

Lilburn Dawg

August 23rd, 2009
8:46 pm


August 23rd, 2009
8:55 pm

atypikal ent.

August 23rd, 2009
9:39 pm

hey! i’ll be the 1st to say where i went to high school did NOT have the best – or anywhere near it (eastside high school).

Central gwinnett’s stadium was always impressive to me- but Im not as familiar with all of these stadiums as some of you.

AJC- you all need to post a new story- this time with pictures and stats!

Collins Hill EAGLES

August 23rd, 2009
9:48 pm

What other high school stadium in Georgia can boast that most of the seating structure of their stadium is from the 1996 Olympic Stadium in Atlanta? Collins Hill EAGLES can boast of that because it is true. Last year, the county finally came through with the Field House, and now, there is no high school in Gwinnett County, or the state for that matter, that can boast of such a great stadium and venue for the King of high school sports — football! Collins Hill not only has the best stadium but also the best players, coaches, fans, teachers, parents and Touchdown Club! Come see us and your will marvel at such a fine stadium!

V is for Victory

August 23rd, 2009
9:50 pm

Valdosta….the rest are just pretenders.


August 23rd, 2009
10:21 pm


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….

I’ve never been to a game here, but I was in town for this particular game (I have family in Dublin) and I remember the tailgating (everywhere you went in town people were tailgating) … it was unbelievable. It rivaled the tailgating at a UGA game.

Amber Corbett

August 23rd, 2009
11:06 pm

Grady High School stadium. Go Knights!


August 23rd, 2009
11:18 pm

Memorial Stadium in Waycross Ga. also know as “The Swamp”, is one of the best stadiums that I have been to. You really don’t appreciate what you have until you go to some of these stadiums that are old and out dated. I’m proud of our stadium, hope everyone can visit someday.

Shadow 7071

August 23rd, 2009
11:29 pm


August 23rd, 2009
11:44 pm

I spent my Friday nights cheering the sidelines at McEachern and there was never another experience like it. Best stadium. No contest.


August 24th, 2009
12:00 am

Memorial Stadium in Waycross, Ware Co High. It is the best High School Stadium in the state by far I believe! We have awesome seating..great concessions, a Train Horn, and much more! It’s nestled in the center of town so everyone in the city can hear what is going on on Friday nights…at least for the ones that aren’t in attendance! We always have a packed house during football season and we have the BEST fans!!! I always feel a little sorry for the visitor side…looking back at us on the big side of the stadium when the seats are all full and everyone is standing and cheering. It’s an awesome feeling to be there at the end of another win for ol’ WC…it just doesn’t get any better!


August 24th, 2009
12:33 am


August 24th, 2009
1:37 am

Where do we vote?


August 24th, 2009
1:59 am

After going to high school in Georgia and traveling to lots of high schools for the games, and after living all over the country, I’d have to reiterate what lots of people are saying on here: My vote is for Elbert County’s Granite Bowl. I’ve never seen anything else like it!

kenneth m.

August 24th, 2009
3:14 am

by all means there is a little north ga. bias here, if you have not been to this small town is south ga. you don’t know what you are missing, called WAYCROSS GA. tht is one of the best stdiums in ga. called MEMORIAL STADIUM, most of the stadium is covered, it is a beautiful stadium, the town is beautiful

Eric E.

August 24th, 2009
5:27 am

There is only 1 place to place Football on Friday nights.
The Granite Bowl, Elberton GA.
It is a place like no other.