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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

AtlantaFan

August 17th, 2009
12:27 pm

Lakewood. No Doubt about it.

Rickster

August 17th, 2009
12:28 pm

I like the castle at Central Gwinnett HS. It looks dark & foreboding. Unfortunately, they never seem to be able to field a team that can take advantage of such an impressive structure.

VDawg

August 17th, 2009
12:28 pm

McConnell-Talbert stadium!! Warner Robins Georgia. Nothing else like it …….period.

Secret Weapon

August 17th, 2009
12:28 pm

Camden County Wildcats, who won the class 5AAAA State Champion last year have the best High School Stadium. Kinglsand, GA. The wildcat are the best ever!!! Will take it again this year.

ATLdawg

August 17th, 2009
12:29 pm

Impossible contest- too many great stadiums, too many great towns across this state.

Nathen

August 17th, 2009
12:32 pm

The Shamrock Bowl in Dublin has to be in the top 5 in the state. The field sits down in a bottom and there is no track around the field. You feel like you are right on top of the action. The Irish just got a new jumbo tron and a state of the art field house that sits atop over looking the field….If you have never been here on a Friday night, check it out.

FisheriesDawg

August 17th, 2009
12:32 pm

I don’t see any way you could select anything other than the Granite Bowl. Elbert County might not be what they were 8-10 years ago, but that stadium is much more unique than anything else in the state and can be incredibly loud when a large crowd is there. Put a powerful 5A team in that stadium and this isn’t even a question you have to ask because the answer is so automatic.

Eric

August 17th, 2009
12:33 pm

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

Waleska Dawg

August 17th, 2009
12:34 pm

Tommy Baker Field in Canton, Georgia

B-dubs

August 17th, 2009
12:34 pm

It has to be McEachern

Matt the Brave

August 17th, 2009
12:35 pm

Here’s a nomination for the hardest to pronounce: Thermopylae Stadium at North Springs High School (named for the famous battle where the Spartans held the Persians to the death). Most of the times it’s just called North Springs stadium, but it’s really named Thermopylae.

jmoss92

August 17th, 2009
12:36 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, Georgia is easily the best high school football stadium in the state. I wish someone could post a pic to prove it.

PMC

August 17th, 2009
12:38 pm

The Concrete Palace in Valdosta is very nice. Brookwood did a good job for Falcons Training Camp.

Yo

August 17th, 2009
12:42 pm

Warner Robins is nice but the action is too far from the field because of the track. Any stadium with a track around it is automatically disqualified. Lowndes Martin Stadium (the concrete palace) is the best. Big. Close up action (no track). Good for watching the game on both Visitors and Home side. Valdosta (Death Valley) would be better but their visitors side is lacking.

Mr. Howell Mill

August 17th, 2009
12:44 pm

Grady Stadium handss down, from the visitors side you can see the Midtown skyline, truly a sight to see on crisp fall nights

Brad

August 17th, 2009
12:44 pm

McEachern High

Dawg Fan

August 17th, 2009
12:48 pm

VICK IN DA HOOD

August 17th, 2009
12:48 pm

McConnell-Talbert Staduim Warner Robins,GA Northside Eagle Pride !!

John

August 17th, 2009
12:49 pm

The Ten Best (in no particular order)

Grisham Stadium in Carrollton
Cleveland Field in Valdosta
Barron Stadium in Rome
McConnell-Tolbert Stadium in Warner Robins
Granite Bowl in Elberton
McEachern High School
Brodie Field in Tifton
Martin Stadium in Valdosta
Dalton High School
Shamrock Bowl in Dublin

I don’t automatically disqualify a stadium just because there is a track there.

Darrell Slaughter

August 17th, 2009
12:50 pm

TITLETOWN USA, Valdosta Wildcats , over 100 yrs of history, Plus the Valdosta Wildcats hall of fame, nothing like it

Jason

August 17th, 2009
12:53 pm

The Brickyard in Thomson, GA

elizabeth

August 17th, 2009
12:54 pm

It has to be the McEachern Stadium. Gorgeous campus and gigantic Indian.

Stingerman36

August 17th, 2009
12:56 pm

Tara Stadium but I am biased since I played there in the 1970’s!

Mac

August 17th, 2009
12:56 pm

Memorial Stadium in Waycross. Top shelf in every way. There are plenty of small colleges that would love to have that facility as their home field.

Stacy

August 17th, 2009
12:58 pm

Big Orange Jungle, Parkview

dellrott

August 17th, 2009
12:58 pm

Tiger Stadium, Commerce High School, Commerce GA. 2 state championships won on that field.

wolverine fan

August 17th, 2009
12:58 pm

Even though I am from Woodstock, I wouuls have to say Cherokee High. Old time feel for the game.

Jim Mora Jr.

August 17th, 2009
1:01 pm

Gotta nominate Dan Pitts Stadium at Mitchell Field, Forsyth, GA. Home of the Mary Persons Bulldogs.

Shern

August 17th, 2009
1:01 pm

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.

Stephen

August 17th, 2009
1:02 pm

Brookwood Community Stadium. It was paid for and built by the community, not by the government.

Shern

August 17th, 2009
1:03 pm

Not to mention 7 state championships, 20+ region championships, and one of the best bands you’ll see. The atmosphere is electric. The tailgating starts early.

kay

August 17th, 2009
1:04 pm

Valdosta’s Cleveland Field!

Laura

August 17th, 2009
1:12 pm

Has to be McEachern – big Indian, turf, huge stands & a nice jumbo-tron..not to mention the surrounding trees and beautiful college-like campus

IBleedRed&Black

August 17th, 2009
1:14 pm

I would have to say down south off 85 exit 47 in Newnan, Ga. Newnan High School not only have a nice stadium, but do you know the history behind it? Plus what an attraction. You have to see it to believe it! Just take a trip this season down to Newnan. It’s only 25-30 Mins south of Atl Airport. Hope to see ya!

Jerry

August 17th, 2009
1:15 pm

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Bill Chappell stadium at Harmon Field, Dalton. NO track great football venue.

Parent

August 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

Stockbridge High Stadium- Oldie but a Goldie

Bill

August 17th, 2009
1:17 pm

With out a doubt you would have to include Grisham Stadium in Carrollton, GA. Also, even though it is not part of the question you need to come see the University of West Georgia’s BRAND NEW on Campus Stadium when it open September 5, 2009 at 7pm vs Lambuth. It is huge and NICE.

dave

August 17th, 2009
1:18 pm

North DeKalb Stadium on the Chamblee High School campus.

LawDawg

August 17th, 2009
1:19 pm

They have done a good job with the stadium and field at Starrs Mill High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. The checkerboard endzones look really cool.

Doug

August 17th, 2009
1:20 pm

New Archer HS Stadium. Really Nice (but I’m sure no one has seen it).

TylerWebb

August 17th, 2009
1:21 pm

Raider Valley, East Cobb.

Michael

August 17th, 2009
1:22 pm

Northcutt Stadium, Marietta. It isnt just like every other stadium where they have some nice concrete section on one side and some bleachers on the other. It is completely stone on both sides, and surrounded by stone walls that really inclose the field. It is unique because it isnt on a high school campus (anymore), as it has houses sitting at both ends of the endzone…the neighbors on the south side actually just sit up in their tree house to watch the game…or sit up on the stone wall…and of course do not have to pay.

I watched a youtube video some guy had of Northcutt from 1946, and the Stadium looks exactly the same. They used to play a thanksgiving classic there in the morning. We also have the big sky box now at the northeast corner, and the giant mural.

However, we would prolly get more points if the new Blue Devil mural did not look so dumb. The one I grew up with was a giant blue devil bursting through a brick wall…scared the pants off me, but gave Northcutt that really unique home feeling.

.....

August 17th, 2009
1:24 pm

Northcutt is a fanastic stadium

jw

August 17th, 2009
1:26 pm

Bill Chappell Stadium in Dalton – a good one -

Erik

August 17th, 2009
1:28 pm

Brookwood Community Stadium – nicest stadium in the state

FLDAWG

August 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

The Brickyard in Thomson GA

Ron

August 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

My kids don’t even go there, but McEachern is the best, by far, that I’ve seen.

Astro4Life

August 17th, 2009
1:29 pm

Lakewood, all day.

EW

August 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Worthless debate. Do some actual legwork yourself and give us a top ten to debate. Where do I apply for a job, this paper is a joke.

EW

August 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Or you can do what you did and have everyone just say their own team’s stadium.

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!

BChitwood

August 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

Commerce High School football field. Years of tradition; 2 state championships won on the field; and a tremendous sense of tradition! Go Tigers!

Go Dogs

August 17th, 2009
2:45 pm

Take a look at the new stadium at Decatur High School in Decatur, GA. Its brand new and state of the art. Its beautiful, best I have ever been to.

Dejay

August 17th, 2009
2:50 pm

Having been a football official for over 20 years, I’ve seen many high school stadiums in this state. So let’s restart this argument by having a few qualifiers….

If your school’s stadium has a track surrounding the field, it DOESN’T qualify. The additional 20-30 yards separating the stands from the action makes all the difference in the world; you might as well not have anyone in the stadium because no matter how hard the fans try, you’ll hardly hear any noise they make on the field. Trust me on this one. Besides, we’re looking for the best high school FOOTBALL stadium, not the best multi-purpose facility.

The next one is a biggie. If your school’s stadium is also the home of TEN OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS IN YOUR COUNTY/DISTRICT, IT DOES NOT QUALIFY. So fans of the APS, Dekalb County, and Clayton County squads can feel free at this time to hit the back button and peruse other sites on the internet because Lakewood, Grady, Tara, North Dekalb, Adams, 12 Oaks, Panthersville, Avondale, and Hallford (Dekalb Memorial) Stadiums should never, EVER be included in this discussion. Regional/Shared stadium are absolutely HORRIBLE setups for home-field advantage because you can never mold the place into the image of your school and its community. Those places always have an antiseptic, cookie-cutter feel to them because they are all-inclusive to every school in its county or district. You don’t get the school colors, the logos, the championship banners, and all the other intricate things which makes one stadium different from the one six miles away. In fact, if you were visiting a place like Adams Stadium for the first time, you wouldn’t know who the home team was unless the PA announcer told you. Sure, Lakewood and Hallford looks great on camera when a packed house is there to see Stephenson and Mays is getting it on but happens to it when perennial doormats like South Atlanta and Cross Keys is playing there in front of 150 fans on a Saturday afternoon?

Now that we’ve eliminated all the ‘pretenders’ who’s left? Mind you, we’re looking for best high school FOOTBALL stadiums in the state, not track and field ones. So we need photos here, not just the story of when your school won the region thirty years ago in front of 400,000 strong at (insert stadium here)…..

T Bill

August 17th, 2009
2:50 pm

Lowndes joint is a dump. They will never get all the ‘baccer juice off the seats on the visitors side.

GA DAWG

August 17th, 2009
2:51 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton is by far the best high school stadium around. There is nothing like a Friday night in Elberton in the Granite Bowl with hundreds of fans cheering on their Blue Devils. That stadium is the best I’ve ever gone to play in.

Paddy

August 17th, 2009
2:51 pm

After seeing pictures of the Granite Bowl and the Valdosta HS stadium, it would be hard to keep them out of the top 5.

Dawg95

August 17th, 2009
2:52 pm

I played for the Elbert County Blue Devils. Nothing like the Granite Bowl anywhere. It’s quite an experience. In recent years though, they expanded the jail that is right behind the field and the big fences and razorwire are very visible from the stadium. They should build a big wall to hide that or something imo.

DunwoodyDawg

August 17th, 2009
2:55 pm

The Granite Bowl, Northcutt Stadium just a plain scary place to play, and Cleveland Stadium are my tops. And for Big Dawg, “Bobby Dodd” touche LOL!!

Keith

August 17th, 2009
2:57 pm

I haven’t been to some of the biggies like Valdosta, but out of the ones that I have been to or coached at, mostly in North Metro, I would say that Milton HS Stadium is very nice. Which do you like better?

Roswell
Wheeler
Alpharetta
Chattahoochee
Walton
South Forsyth
West Forsyth
Etowah
McEachern (which I have seen many like)
Pope
Centenial
Northview

HanDAWG

August 17th, 2009
3:04 pm

Marietta High’s Northcutt Stadium

J. Young

August 17th, 2009
3:06 pm

Finklea-Robinson in Americus GA. Fantastic view, no bad seat in the house. History of winning and community pride over the years. Fantastic bowl end for people to sit also.

shankit

August 17th, 2009
3:09 pm

Kevin
Being from Valdosta, I think Cleveland Field is the best, but
I agree Memorial Stadium in Columbus is tops.
It holds many memories for old Wildcat fans.
Wildcats win two Peanut Bowl victories (national championships)
in the 50’s against Milt Plum and Springfield Massachusetts and a private school
from Tennessee, plus all the games we played against Jordan,
Columbus High, Baker. Lots of memories.
Nobody mentioned the old stadium in Macon, lots of memories there
against Willingham and the ol’ Lanier Poets (See Isaac “Jackson” run)

PMC

August 17th, 2009
3:10 pm

Northcutt is cool just for the old school in town historical community feel of it.

Fieldturf is great for the maintence aspect and it always looks nice, but for whatever reason I just prefer natural grass.

Duston

August 17th, 2009
3:10 pm

Has to be Cantrell Stadium at McEachern. Nothing like that Indian helping the defense!!!

shankit

August 17th, 2009
3:13 pm

T Bill
“Lowndes is a dump???”
Must have gotten your arse whipped here
a few times.

Jack

August 17th, 2009
3:14 pm

Collins Hill- Made from the concrete of Olympic Stadium that was removed for the Turner Field configuration. All they had to pay was the shipping cost.

Okefenokee Dawg

August 17th, 2009
3:20 pm

Not from there, but the best I’ve seenis Memorial Stadium in Waycross. And, I think I’ve seen most of them south of Macon. Far superior to the two in Valdosta.

The BIG Boss Man

August 17th, 2009
3:23 pm

I agree 100 percent with Dejay’s comments … especially the one about “football” stadiums that have a track around the field.

Having seen more than 300 high school games all over Georgia during the past 25 years, here are the stadiums that really stand out to me:

Cairo – West Thomas Stadium

Claxton – The Pecan Grove

Dublin – The Shamrock Bowl

Elbert County – The Granite Bowl

Tift County – Brodie Field

Toombs County – Booster Stadium (aka The Pit)

Valdosta – Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

Ware County – Memorial Stadium

Most of you may be surprised by the inclusion of Claxton, which hasn’t fielded a good team in a long time, but its stadium is unique. There are/were bleachers on both sides of the field and in one end zone, and the stadium is surrounded by pecan trees, which act as a type of “dome” that really amplifies the sound of cheering fans. Just a great, intimate environment for small-town football.

The stadiums at Camden County and Lowndes have all of the amenities, and, obviously, they host some great football, but they just don’t enough “personality” to make my list of “best” stadiums.

Eastcobbmomm

August 17th, 2009
3:23 pm

Raider Valley, Walton H.S. Go Raiders!!!

H.T.

August 17th, 2009
3:26 pm

The Reservation, Toccoa, GA, home of the Stephens County Indians. WAR PARTY

mike

August 17th, 2009
3:43 pm

Big Orange Jungle- Lilburn, GA!

Pat

August 17th, 2009
3:43 pm

Milton High School has the greatest football field, even though its rather new. Its just like the small college fields! Great track, field is beautiful and the giant scoreboard and everything around it is exceptional!

GA Boy

August 17th, 2009
3:45 pm

“The House of Pain” home of the Washington County Golden Hawks is a great place to watch a game on friday nights.

UGAGRAD02

August 17th, 2009
3:46 pm

Any stadium that doesn’t have a track around it!!!! Tommy Baker Field @ Cherokee, and Northcutt Stadium are two of nicer tradional stadiums in the metro Atlanta area.

HC Mom

August 17th, 2009
3:48 pm

Ola HS has a great Stadium!

chstrojans09

August 17th, 2009
3:51 pm

Grisham Stadium.. Home of the Carrollton Trojans! No doubt the best football stadium in the state!

Villa Rica DAWG

August 17th, 2009
3:51 pm

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

Carolyn Wilder

August 17th, 2009
3:52 pm

I don’t know about ATL, but the best football stadium in GA is in Elbert County. The Granite Bowl. It is old but just like Fenway,it has loads of personality. Since Elbert county advertises itself as the Granite Capitol, it is very appropriate.

Jimmy

August 17th, 2009
3:52 pm

Callaway Stadium in LaGrange. Home of the Troup Tigers, LaGrange Grangers and Callaway Cavaliers. Also used by the LaGrange College Panthers. Built by the Callaway Foundation and opened in 1958. Still looks brand new, especially since FieldTurf was added about three years ago. Beautiful stadium to watch a high school or small college game. Mike Daniel said it best, “coming to you tonight from between the mills”. Callaway Stadium is located between Elm City Mill and Hillside Mill, which are owned by the Milliken Co. Great landscaping and sight lines from inside and also from outside on Dallis St.

Bill from Dublin

August 17th, 2009
3:59 pm

Although I really love Memorial Stadium in Waycross, the Shamrock Bowl in Dublin has to be in your top 5 if you’ve ever been there!
If you haven’t been there, do yourself a favor and come watch some high school football like it is supposed to be watched!

Otto

August 17th, 2009
4:45 pm

Bev Ex-Irish

August 17th, 2009
4:55 pm

Although I have not been to some of the larger school stadiums, I will agree that a track around the field takes away from the aesthestics as well as the noise level from the fans to the players and the players (hits, etc.) to the fans. The Shamrock Bowl in Dublin, GA is as nice a field as any I’ve seen!

Legend of Len Barker

August 17th, 2009
4:59 pm

Old Sid Strickland Stadium (Pearson)
Lanny Roberts Stadium (Ocilla) – the one on the golf course
Pelham – stadium name unknown

Red Devil Fan

August 17th, 2009
5:18 pm

Warren P Sewell Field at Bowdon High (big home field advantage for the Red Devils). Home of 2 state championship teams. Fans sit right on top of the action. Not a bad seat in the house.

charlene

August 17th, 2009
5:37 pm

Has to be Irwin County’s Indian Field brand new state of the art facilities! Looks awesome!

BigBlueCaddy

August 17th, 2009
5:45 pm

Northcutt Stadium is one of the top venues in the State. The Blue Devils have been playing in this stadium since its dedication in 1940. It was built as part of the Civil Conservation Corps in the late ’30s. The old stone wall that surrounds the stadium is built from stone collected from near-by farms. Unlike more recent stadiums, there is no track around the field so you are very much on top of the action. Very intimate. On brisk fall nights, neighbors at the south end have a bonfire, and often sit atop the wall. Recently the locker rooms were renovated and there are more improvements to come once budgets are available. There’s been a lot of history made at Northcutt, and a wonderful football program dating back to 1913, one of the state’s most enduring programs.

MPDawg

August 17th, 2009
5:56 pm

Dan Pitts Stadium at Mitchell Field in Forsyth. Home of the Mary Persons Bulldogs. There is no track around the field so fans can get an up close view of the game.

Tiger Fan

August 17th, 2009
6:12 pm

Swainsboro has a new surface and a nice facility. Photos can be seen on the website http://www.swainsborotigerathletics.com

redneck hillbilly

August 17th, 2009
7:00 pm

booby dodd a high school team plays there.

Jimbo

August 17th, 2009
7:02 pm

Y’all are slap nuts. The coolest stadium on the planet HAS to be Pickens county. Sitting there looking out at the mountains, it’s the best. Maybe if the AJC still had any readers left north of Dawsonville, someone would have already mentioned this.

69 Dawg

August 17th, 2009
7:05 pm

City Park Stadium in Gainesville. The Red Elephants have the nicest, highest quality field and surroundings in Georgia. Rich in tradition and of the highes beauty and quality. City Park can’t be beat for a Friday night football game.

Gator

August 17th, 2009
7:07 pm

Definitely NOT any of the DeKalb County stadiums!

Dave

August 17th, 2009
7:19 pm

Memorial Stadium in Waycross.

wildcat fan

August 17th, 2009
7:24 pm

Chris Gilman Stadium In Kingsland Ga, Home of 2008 AAAAA state Champs. The Camden County Wildcats.

bbcsickdawg

August 17th, 2009
7:24 pm

bobby gruhn field gainesville red elephants

Jim morrison

August 17th, 2009
7:24 pm

Lambert High School, Forsyth CO or Hyder Bazemore (Cleveland Field) Valdosta, GA.

Keno

August 17th, 2009
7:38 pm

#1 Valdosta, Cleveland Field at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
#2 McEachern
#3 Parkview, Big Orange Jungle

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

August 17th, 2009
7:55 pm

Josh

August 17th, 2009
8:05 pm

THE GRANITE BOWL… I went to a rival high school. We hated everything about Elbert County. But, I have to say there is absolutely nothing like the Granite Bowl. I don’t care how new your stadium is etc. the Granite Bowl is the most unique place you can watch a game. The razor wire of the jail house fence is behind the away fans. i mean come on.

Go West

August 17th, 2009
8:11 pm

Georgia’s are nice but……There’s only one state with decent high school football or stadiums – TEXAS, the number 1 state for high school football.

Bullwinkle

August 17th, 2009
8:14 pm

Priceless stadia while on the job as a newspaper stringer:
The old Clinch County stadium on hwy 84 while smoke from Jimbo’s bar-b-q wafts by.
The old Cook County stadium with a raised school bus for a press box.
The stadium in Pelham with a Confederate soldier buried beside the west end zone.
The stadium in McIntosh County with smut grass so tall you couldn’t see the yard markers.
The Berrien High stadium with bleachers only 7 yards from the field. Great view.

dekalb jacket

August 17th, 2009
8:15 pm

stop hatin on dekalb county and atl and clayton memorial lakewood grady and panthersville are great i like bawron stadium in rome the swamp at creekside is great pantherville is one sided but olds 10000 fans so it is loud and intense especially during the drum line challenge lake wood and memorial stadiums are deer to my heart i have so many memories at those my places grady and decatur stadiums i love the urban back drops. i will love to go to elbert county, voldosta. lowndes,camden couty,and the feild in warner robbbins and ware county and i just geogia high school football i want to visit every stadium on friday nights

Coffee TROJAN Fan

August 17th, 2009
8:16 pm

Dr. Dan A Jardine stadium on the campus of Coffee High School in Douglas,Ga. has been remodeled with the tax payers money. It has been a long time coming and is ready for the 09 season and atleast we can bring noise makers unlike Cleveland Field in Valdosta into the stadium. I wont say we have the BEST but we can run against any stadium in the state now. We have a Beautiful stadium. We like UGA have the hedges around our field. You should come and see it. We are very proud of it.Go Trojans Go

Coffee TROJAN Fan

August 17th, 2009
8:27 pm

Oh by the way, for all the visitors coming to Jardine Stadium in Douglas, you will be sitting on the old home side, the visitor stands were demolished and the new home side is there. We have doubled the size for the visitors now so we have lots of seats for everyone.

Nathen

August 17th, 2009
8:55 pm

some sense

August 17th, 2009
8:55 pm

Nice post…great response, BUT whoever says Lakewod Stadium is totally oblivious to the presence of crime inside and out.

Gator68

August 17th, 2009
9:07 pm

Ware County, they play in what used to be a minor league baseball staduim. It is just plain awsome to go to that place. Looks like a small Div.I stadium. You can view clips on line through the school’s website. Pretty cool place!

Cats Den

August 17th, 2009
9:14 pm

Chris Gilman Stadium

IbleedBlackandGold

August 17th, 2009
9:20 pm

I like elbert county and swainsboro for smaller schools and valdosta and machechern for larger schools

Jonathan

August 17th, 2009
9:48 pm

Hallford Stadum Dekalb County

Football FANatic

August 17th, 2009
9:53 pm

I currently reside in the Valdosta area and I have been a follower of high school football for 25 years. The two stadiums here are VERY nice but I must say, the Granite Bowl, in Elberton, GA is by far the best stadium in the state.

Randy Daniel

August 17th, 2009
10:00 pm

How about Callaway Stadium in LaGrange?

WildcatsTeamMom

August 17th, 2009
10:15 pm

I would have to say Grisham Stadium in Carrollton, GA. They are our rivals but they do have a great field, field house, weight room, equiptment room, video room and a great stadium overall.

SFred

August 17th, 2009
10:58 pm

Warrior Stadium. White County Warriors. Cleveland, GA

Momma loves Football

August 17th, 2009
11:32 pm

The Shamrock Bowl in Dublin!

Slinger

August 17th, 2009
11:59 pm

Having officiated football for many years I have been afforded the opportunity to officiate in many of the stadiums listed prior. If I could pick eleven stadiums to work in this year (since the regular season is 11 weeks long) I would pick the following (in no particular order) with one more for the pre-season scrimmage to make an even dozen!

Tiger Stadium, Commerce
Shamrock Bowl, Dublin
The Reservation, Stephens County
Jardine Stadium, Coffee County
Brodie Stadium, Tift County
Martin Stadium, Lowndes
Dan Pitts Stadium, Mary Persons
City Park, Gainesville
Granite Bowl, Elbert County
THE Brickyard, Thomson (North Hall is Brickyard “Lite”)
Finklea-Robinson, Americus-Sumter
Chris Gilman, Camden County

Bill

August 18th, 2009
3:52 am

The best HS football stadium in Georgia or anywhere is Northcutt Stadium/French Johnson Field at Marietta High School. The setting is perfect, tightly nestled within the city. Like Wrigley Field, parking is hard to come by, because the stadium is in the city and not on some desolate empty piece of property. Marietta boasts the first “Y”-shaped goal posts ever used in the state, which were hand-made by a Marietta fan. The ones used today are the exact same ones made years ago. They are somewhat flimsy looking compared to today’s models. But they are tradition. So many great traditions at this stadium. Coach Ben. “Be Somebody.” The Victory Bell. The beautiful and historic stone wall surrounding the stadium. Georgia boasts many great HS football venues, but this is the creme de la creme. Beautiful playing surface. Great stands on both sides of the field.

Kick Ass Cats

August 18th, 2009
6:52 am

The Wheeler Wildcats used to kick ass, but their stadium is still a fine place to play and watch some football. Marietta High School’s stadium is a good one too…

kush

August 18th, 2009
6:56 am

The Shamrock Bowl in Dublin is by far the best stadium I have been in and I have been in all those listed above. It has a atmosphere about it that screams Friday night football. Large Oaks in the back drop as the field sits in a bottom. On the cool autum nights, fog from the creek running beside it roll into the stadium. Great atmosphere with an exiciting feel.

sbroaders

August 18th, 2009
8:10 am

Lakewood Stadium!! Great memories!!!

tville bulldog

August 18th, 2009
9:04 am

the jacket’s nest – thomasville, ga – a huge stadium. everytime i go, it’s always rockin. the only downside is the track makes you feel far away from the game. should be one of the best due to environment alone. great environment.

veterans memorial stadium – thomasville, ga – a huge stadium for AA standards. probably the biggest i’ve seen. stands are almost too close to the field. there have been a few injuries because of that. you can see the action literally 5 feet from your seat. not a bad seat in the house. only downside is the sometimes weak fans. they don’t always get loud. but a great high school environment nonetheless. also has giant billboard showing the tradition of Thomasville football over all the years.

brodie field – tifton, ga – only been here a few times but was extremely impressed with it both times. great fan support. gets real loud no matter the opponent. i sat at the very top of the stands and still had a great view. great stadium.

CALHOUN ALUM

August 18th, 2009
9:05 am

Phil Reeve Stadium in Calhoun
“new astroturf and fans are on top of the action”

Chuck

August 18th, 2009
9:07 am

Kim, you are correct Cheney was a marvelous place . There’s nothing to compare when the Golden Hawks took the field.

lb

August 18th, 2009
9:39 am

McEachern!! Go Indians

teekay

August 18th, 2009
9:45 am

Unless you’re a reporter, scout, or high-school coach this is pretty much just a ‘popularity contest’ for the local school. Get real Atlanta!

RIP TC 85

August 18th, 2009
9:46 am

I am from Hart County and there is no stadium like the Granite Bowl in Elberton,GA …. Hands Down! Forget all the fancy stuff.
The stadium is a hole cut out of a granite quarry. The visitor side pretty much backs up to a prison yard. No track in between the field and the stands and if you are sitting on the first few rows your liable to be in on a tackle.

Russ

August 18th, 2009
9:56 am

Its gotta be Walter Cantrell Stadium over @ McEachern. HANDS DOWN!!!!! The landscaping is great and adding the seats under the Indian in the 90’s and beautiful turf puts them on the top. Heck their practice field looks better then most schools game day facility.

Marilyn Bledsoe

August 18th, 2009
10:18 am

Bobby Gruen Field – Gainesville High School

gadawg racer

August 18th, 2009
10:20 am

- the granite bowl is a dump and the jail/razor wire adds to the “Mystique” LOL

Leslie

August 18th, 2009
10:59 am

Salem High School, Conyers Ga – best high school stadium!

John

August 18th, 2009
11:03 am

We have a new contender!
The Colosseum – Home of the Johns Creek Gladiators.
http://johnscreekgladiators.com/index.php?id=802

This place is off the chain!

Come find out for yourselves

Kay

August 18th, 2009
11:22 am

Valdosta High’s Cleveland Field.

Bill

August 18th, 2009
11:44 am

javi' le'

August 18th, 2009
11:45 am

CARROLTON HAS THE BEST STADIUM IN GA. THATS WERE THE AAU REGIONALS FOR TRACK WERE HELD THEY HAVE A LARGE AMOUNT OF PRESS BOX, RUBBER PADDED SEATS, CHAIR BACKS, A FIELD HOUSE LIKE FLORIDA STATE. I COULD CARELESS FOR THERE TEAM. BUT THE STADIUM IS EXCELLENT AND ITS ONLY 2 OR 3 YEARS OLD.

james wilson

August 18th, 2009
11:49 am

HIRAM STADIUM-Hiran Ga has the best stadium you can just feel that football sprit

Randy

August 18th, 2009
12:14 pm

Has to be Brodie Field in Tift County especially since the new renovations.

Buster

August 18th, 2009
12:26 pm

Like Dejay, I have been in over 200 venues over the past 15 years, from Friday nights to all day on Saturdays and Saturday nights. If we are talking about the “Best Stadiums” then look at the class size and compare apples to apples. There is no way Irwin County can compare to Valdosta-Bazemore-Hyder, just due to size of the schools and the revenues by tickets and concessions. Lets keep it fair. If were talking about High School State Playoff style facilites, then you have to go with Walter Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School with a very close second to Valdosta-Bazemore-Hyder. Northcutt stadium does have class and character, however, the stadium needs much needed updates. With the field rules in place this year, I don’t know where the opposing players are going to stand. The visitor side has always been tight. Each stadium listed has it’s own little quirk, it’s own character, it’s own ambience. That’s what help makes high school football in Georgia the best in the nation.

SWAINSBOROboy

August 18th, 2009
12:41 pm

Dublin and Swainsboro Go Region 3AA

Brent Scott

August 18th, 2009
2:42 pm

YELLOW JACKET STADIUM, which is home to the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets in Hazlehurst, Georgia is the best stadium in Georgia!

Lynn

August 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Hands down! It’s Cantrell Stadium at McEachern. Complete with the Indian Chief and the new portal renovations it’s got that college look.

Bob

August 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

I am from Buford and went to the 2006 Dublin Charlton game in Dublin. The Irish have a very nice little field. Like the fellow earlier said, the creek and large oak trees right behind the jumbo-tron play a huge role. The place does not have a track around the field, so you hear every lick. I noticed the home and away side were the same size. In 2006 they had a brand new field house that sat on the opposite side of the creek on a hill. They have a huge shamrock painted green that is in the hill. The state championship game, people sat on the hill and it reminded me just like Paulson Stadium.

Bob

August 18th, 2009
3:08 pm

Not Scared

August 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

Garwood Stadium in Fairburn.

Stephanie

August 18th, 2009
3:52 pm

The Granite Bowl Elberton, Georgia

dan

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

All of Dekalb County’s stadium’s are dumpy except Dekalb Memorial( I refuse to call it Hallford). They did some major renovations to it and the new turf looks great! It’s a great venue for playoff football. The downside: it’s not in the safest area of town. That area was great in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but man it’s rough now!

geodixie

August 18th, 2009
3:55 pm

Granite Bowl

dan

August 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

As far as other stadiums I’ve been to, McEachern’s stadium is great. I the State Championship there a few years back and it was very accomadating.

As far as atmosphere is concerned, the Granite Bowl in Elberton is pretty hype. My high school team played there for a playoff game in the 1990’s and those fans are rough on the visiting team. Our team won, and we were like the first to win there in 7-8 years. Elbert County used to have some good teams back then. We were fortunate to beat them.

m4l

August 18th, 2009
4:29 pm

West Thomas Stadium , aka “The Syrup Bowl” Cairo High School

bradga

August 18th, 2009
5:15 pm

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA is the most fascinating stadium in the southeastern United States if not in the whole nation. I heard one visiting coach who was playing against Elbert County speak of the Granite Bowl as ” It looks like the Colosseum at Rome”. It seats over 20,000 people and has UGA’s old scoreboard from Sanford Stadium. It’s a one of a kind jewel. Georgia should be proud of it.

LJ of UGA

August 18th, 2009
5:44 pm

If the Granite Bowl is not at the top of your list, it’s because you never went to a game there during the T. McFerrin era at Elbert County. The old place still rocks (pun intended), but not quite like when the Blue Devils were winning titles and the seats were full.

BassProKevo

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!

mistermak

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.

AtlantaFan

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
Lakewood.

poof!!!

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.

Bill

August 18th, 2009
7:34 pm

http://www.elbert.k12.ga.us/ecchs/granitebowl/granitebowl.html

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

Jan

August 18th, 2009
7:36 pm

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

Bill

August 18th, 2009
7:57 pm

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

http://www.footballfridaynight.com/collections/stadiums/GA/full/McEachern6.jpg

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.

Curt

August 18th, 2009
8:28 pm

Bazemore Hyder stadium at Cleveland Field.in Valdosta… best there s.

Bill

August 18th, 2009
8:30 pm

zack

August 18th, 2009
8:41 pm

The ” SHAMROCK BOWL DUBLIN GEORGIA” HOME OF THE FIGHTING IRISH THE BEST IN GEORGIA.

Stephanie

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.

Dawg95

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.

Jan

August 18th, 2009
9:57 pm

Granite Bowl (Elberton, GA)

Jane Hofman

August 18th, 2009
10:19 pm

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

ECCHS1997

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!!!

guwinster

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.
http://www.ware.k12.ga.us/facilities/stadium.html

Sean

August 19th, 2009
2:50 am

Shamrock Bowl gets my vote

sga_fb_fan

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.

sam

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!

Phil

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.

JayLowder

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.

gratefuldawghead

August 19th, 2009
9:38 am

Georgia Tech has the best HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM!

Scott

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 !!!

SouthGARules

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.

Allen

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.!.

BK

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!

http://www.swainsborotigerathletics.com

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.

Kathy

August 19th, 2009
1:51 pm

Centennial High School in Roswell!

Realistic_EP/NP_Fan

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!

S

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.

MZ

August 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

Twelve Oaks-Lovejoy, Gainesville Highs School, Tara Stadium

MZ

August 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

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Gladiator

August 19th, 2009
3:15 pm

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

NativeAtlantan

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.

SC

August 19th, 2009
3:42 pm

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

Marcus

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

norman

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

binthehouse

August 19th, 2009
4:10 pm

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

Tech_Buzz

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

Vincent

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!!!

Otis

August 19th, 2009
4:27 pm

Come on Lakewood is number 1 in this state.

Cliff

August 19th, 2009
4:50 pm

tankandtank

August 19th, 2009
4:55 pm

Glynn County Stadium is very bug and nice.

tankandtank

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.

Janet

August 19th, 2009
8:52 pm

McEachern No doubt about it!

keith

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.

Bill

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.

Longhorn

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

http://www.ware.k12.ga.us/facilities/stadium.html 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!!

Jessica

August 20th, 2009
6:46 am

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

Hollabackk

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.

http://www.footballfridaynight.com/StadiumHome.php
(Click on Georgia)

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

Terrance1

August 20th, 2009
7:59 am

Lambert High School Forsyth County, GA

Centennial High School Alpharetta/Roswell

Hollabackk

August 20th, 2009
8:02 am

Hollabackk

August 20th, 2009
8:07 am

Hollabackk

August 20th, 2009
8:14 am

MMA

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

tenn.DAWG

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

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August 20th, 2009
10:38 am

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Lewis

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.

Tee

August 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

Granite Bowl in Elbert County…. Easy choice

Matt

August 20th, 2009
1:00 pm

Central gwinnetts castle and one of the oldest teams

Tammy

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

CC

August 20th, 2009
4:16 pm

GRANITE BOWL!!!
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.

Jennifer

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.

Michael

August 22nd, 2009
10:29 am

The Granite Bowl in Elberton, GA

BehindEnemyLines

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.

War Eagle

August 22nd, 2009
11:19 am

Woodward Academy’s Brand New Stadium Hands Down.

Jim

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.

ugagirl09

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!

bhsreddevils

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.

Deseree

August 23rd, 2009
3:40 pm

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

Deseree

August 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

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Goldenglove002

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.

FBR

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!!

JD

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.

Frankie

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.

WCGator

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

gator

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.

mh

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..
http://www.tiftcountyfootball.com/Facilities/brodie.htm

Davis

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.

JM

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.

OedipusTax

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.

Dan

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)

Jody

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!

Gahorn

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.

NGHS Grad

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….

John

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.

buckaroo

August 23rd, 2009
8:27 pm

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

lrm

August 23rd, 2009
8:32 pm

McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA

AEIOU

August 23rd, 2009
8:39 pm

Brogdon Stadium at Montgomery Co.

Lilburn Dawg

August 23rd, 2009
8:46 pm

Chuck

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.

JM

August 23rd, 2009
10:21 pm

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….

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!

TysNana

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

Jenna

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.

Paula

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!

Paula

August 24th, 2009
12:33 am

Bill

August 24th, 2009
1:37 am

Where do we vote?

Dana

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.

lookout

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.

R

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?

JLH

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.

FairwayOaks

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”!

sdc

August 31st, 2009
7:11 pm

I’d trade the stadiums for better SAT scores.

George

August 31st, 2009
10:11 pm

Marist, it’s like a D-ll college.

Vicki

August 31st, 2009
11:09 pm

The Granite Bowl! Elberton, Ga

Home of the Dickerson Family!

Carrollton

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)

viking

September 4th, 2009
3:10 pm

tennessee high school Bristol, TN its a castle

juju

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
2.GT
3.GSU
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

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Tee

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

breanne

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!

E-townColorguard

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!

Kelly

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

reDICKulous

October 13th, 2009
7:13 pm

LUCY C. LANEY MEMORIAL STADIUM in Augusta, GA

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.

Greg

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.

TDG123

April 8th, 2010
11:50 am

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

FOOTBALL

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.