City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

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 24th, 2009
6:25 am

Old School. Lakewood Stadium!!!!

Old Blue Devil

August 24th, 2009
6:51 am

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA is without a doubt the best football stadium EVER!!!

oscar mayer

August 24th, 2009
8:13 am

Memorial Stadium in Waycross is without a doubt the best HS football stadium in Ga. Jumbo Tron, chair back seats, new lighting, restrooms, sound system, etc

The General

August 31st, 2009
2:43 pm

Wow. That Ware County stadium is awesome.

The General

August 31st, 2009
2:48 pm

That said, the granite bowl appears to have lots of character. Grisham is without a doubt first-class nice, if a wee bit antiseptic.


August 31st, 2009
2:59 pm

I agree….Northcutt is a dump. I remember playing there as a visitor in the band in the 90s and there was practically no sideline. Plus, the crowd was right on you.

When will MHS build NEW Northcutt?


August 31st, 2009
3:11 pm

I have been to a lot of high school stadiums across georgia but brodie field in tifton, ga will hold its own against any stadium in the state.Try it you will love it.


August 31st, 2009
3:39 pm

Between the hedges of Glynn County Stadium, by far the best bermuda in the state and has been for 20 years. Hosted numerous state playoff games for other schools because of size constraints, shared by the two local high schools, and has hosted multiple JC Bowl games.

BHS Class of 98

August 31st, 2009
4:54 pm

I would’ve voted for Brookwood Community Stadium, but they ruined it when they named it after that smuck Dave Hunter! What a joke, might as well make it, “Bud Kilmer Community Stadium”!


August 31st, 2009
7:11 pm

I’d trade the stadiums for better SAT scores.


August 31st, 2009
10:11 pm

Marist, it’s like a D-ll college.


August 31st, 2009
11:09 pm

The Granite Bowl! Elberton, Ga

Home of the Dickerson Family!


September 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

Now exclude all stadiums whose high school didn’t make AYP this past year…oops, there goes Carrollton.

Bruce Griffin

September 4th, 2009
2:18 pm

Sorry, Johnny Rebel…but none of your high school football stadiums even compare to Reitz Bowl in Evansville, Indiana!
In 2009, we added a new 300,000 dollar scoreboard and Sprint Turf(800 G’s)…and that field is simply the #1 place to watch a high school football game in America!
It holds 13,000 SRO, and it’s home to the F.J. Reitz Panthers…second all-time winningest program in Indiana H.S. football! (610-248-28)(10 State Championships)


September 4th, 2009
3:10 pm

tennessee high school Bristol, TN its a castle


September 6th, 2009
3:23 pm

all of these stadiums sound nice and all BUT!!!!
mceachern has the 4th largest stadium in the state………..
1. UGA
4.MHS-Walter Cantrell stadium

when they couldn’t use the dome for the championship game in 07 i think it was. you know which stadium they chose… um Mceacherns.. no extra stands needed that was the year when roswell tied peachtree ridge(no over time) and people threw there trash on the field i bet Mr. dorsey wasn’t happy about that!!lol

[...] AJC, Carrollton, Parkwood, Stadium, Valdosta Here’s the results for voting for the best high school stadium in Georgia from fans and the AJ….  I’ve been to Valdosta but that was 25 years ago.  When the team came out, they beat the [...]


September 11th, 2009
12:34 pm

Langston Hughes High has the best Sports Arena Complex around South Fulton Co.

B. Rowe Proud Trojan

September 13th, 2009
2:09 pm

Yep carrollton field is the best and will always be the best, rich field with alote of history and great peaple come to wacth the Troajns play every friday night


September 15th, 2009
11:52 am

Anyone care to consider Dalton High School? A bit outside the metro area, but one of the best high school stadiums in the state and maybe the country.

Dixie Darling

September 20th, 2009
10:08 am

Spalding Stadium on the Marist High School campus in northeast Atlanta is without a doubt the most beautful and functional stadium in the entire state of Georgia. Talk about resourcefulness and loving care — the fundraising parents (using no tax dollars or drains on public education dollars) paid for each and every brick and slab of concrete themselves. Amazing and beautiful! Visit it and you will agree!


October 8th, 2009
12:07 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, Georgia deserves credit for spirit. Of course other high schools have more money so they can get a very high tech stadium, but the Granite Bowl is original and you can hear the people cheer. It’s so full of life. It’s not like everybody elses stadium. It’s also made from Elberton’s most famous thing….GRANITE! it’s awesome!


October 9th, 2009
11:39 am

Lowndes of course, the Concrete Palace has it all atmosphere, parking, adequate seating, easy access, surrounded by lots of places to stay and eat. I am also always impressed when we play Camden County. They have a great stadium and school


October 13th, 2009
7:13 pm


Alumni 91

October 23rd, 2009
9:16 pm

The Granite Bowl, Elberton, GA It’s awesome!!!

TPOE Alumni

November 11th, 2009
11:07 pm

Gotta go with Homer Sharp in downtown Covington. Talk about the history 53 years and still going strong, not to mention the recent renovations, looking good for an old girl.


November 20th, 2009
11:54 am

I agree with DeJay. And would suggest the OLD Rockmart High School (Hilburn Field) as perhaps a prime example. The home stands and the visitors stands were right on top of the field. No tracks there. Unfortunately with the new school and facility It has been relegated to midget football and a Semi Pro league. I cant comment on the new facilities..haven’t been on that campus to this day.
New is not always better.


April 8th, 2010
11:50 am

Camden, Coffee, and Valdosta have the best stadiums in Georgia!


May 9th, 2010
3:54 pm

there are 254 counties n texas.. only 4 dont have stadiums.
Allen texas just spent $60 mil on a upcoming high school stadium.

1. Alamo Stadium – Capacity: 23000 – San Antonio
2. Pizza Hut Park – Capacity: 21193 – Frisco
3. Mesquite Memorial Stadium – Capacity: 20000 – Mesquite
4. Ratliff Stadium – Capacity: 19302 – Odessa
5. Farrington Field – Capacity: 18500 – Fort Worth
6. Buccaneer Stadium – Capacity: 18000 – Corpus Christi
7. San Angelo Stadium – Capacity: 17500 – San Angelo
8. Memorial Stadium – Capacity: 17000 – Wichita Falls
9. Veteran’s Memorial Stadium – Capacity: 16800 – Pasadena
10. Stallworth Stadium – Capacity: 16500 – Baytown

my school stadium is sick too The Berry Center for cypress high

Everything's bigger in Texas

May 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

Allen High School in Allen, Texas is building a $60 million beast of a stadium. It will have an upper deck and a seating capacity of 18,000. There will be 2 video scoreboards, a 4,000 seat student section, and a sunken bowl design. Google it and it will come up. I went to Allen High School and the current stadium seats 14,000 and half of that is portable bleachers that they have to bring in for every home game because they have been selling out every single game for over the past decade. Since the 2006 season, Allen has an overall record of 48-6 and has only lost ONE home game, which was to the #1 nationally ranked Euless Trinity by a score of 24-14. Later in the year, the two met in the playoffs and Allen won and went on to win the school’s first state championship and finished as the #2 ranked team in the nation with a 15-1 record. Last year, Allen played Southlake Carroll in the new cowboys stadium in Arlington..there were 50,000 people in attendance. Moral of the story: nobody does high school football like Texas, nobody.