OK, we think it’s time to wade into a controversial matter this week at The List.
Forget about politics and religion. That’s child’s play. And, honestly, at The List, we don’t really pay much attention to that stuff anyway.
No, we’re talking about the fight over the top 10 stadiums in the state. There are just so many great ones. We’re staring at a long list of potential choices, and we can only pick 10. We hardly know where to start. But how about at No. 10?
10. Memorial Stadium (Waycross)
We’re a sucker for history and uniqueness with these stadiums, and Waycross does well with both. Memorial opened in 1949 and was home to the Waycross Braves Minor League baseball team 1956-58 and 63. They still have the classic covered seating behind home plate, where fans can avoid rain or the hot South Georgia sun.
9. Central Gwinnett Stadium
Anyone who’s seen the distinctive castle setup for the press box isn’t likely to forget it. It basically dwarfs the stands and just about anything else in the stadium and casts an imposing figure over the field. The yellow “C” on the front of it is also a nice touch. Fitting for a Black Knight.
8. Grady Stadium
While the recent renovations have definitely made this stadium look nicer, the big draw here is the unequaled view. It’s sitting right in the heart of midtown, and the Atlanta skyline sits prominently to the northwest. On a nice night from the east stands, you really can’t beat it. Just don’t let it distract you too much from the game.
7. Northcutt Stadium (Marietta)
Someday, they may build a new stadium down the road by the new high school. But, for now, old Northcutt still hosts the Blue Devils, just as it’s done for the past 70-plus years. It’s not the prettiest to look at, but the history here is great. It’s also basically built into a neighborhood near downtown. And it was the home to Cobb County’s only state champion in 1967.
6. Shamrock Bowl (Dublin)
It’s interesting how this stadium came to be. After Dublin won state titles in 1959 and 60, the school realized they had simply outgrown 20-year-old Battle Field. So local businessman Don Lamb went to the community and raised enough money through promissory notes to fund this great patch of green in Dublin. It’s now seen two of its own state titles, and the community still loves the place.
5. McConnell-Talbert Stadium (Northside-WR, Warner Robins, Houston County)
Maybe the best “community” stadium in the state, McConnell-Talbert has seen more than its share of big games during its time. Of course, every game can seem like a big one when more than 10,000 fans pack the place on a given Friday night. There’s a reason the home team just doesn’t lose a whole lot here.
4. Cantrell Stadium (McEachern)
On a selfish note, they probably do have the best press box in the state (seriously, it’s four stories and has Wi-Fi), but let’s not focus on our own comfort here. Let’s look at the turf, the beautiful campus, the huge Indian overlooking the place. It’s just a great place to watch a football game.
3. Martin Stadium (Lowndes)
You really can’t miss this one if you’ve ever driven down this way, as it looms large right near the interstate. More than one driver has probably assumed it’s Valdosta State’s stadium. But no, this one’s for high school, and it’s incredible under the lights on a Friday night. Doesn’t hurt that Lowndes has one of the state’s best programs, but this place would be awesome either way.
2. Bazemore-Hyder Stadium (Valdosta)
The temptation is to put this No. 1, but that almost seemed too predictable. The history is amazing. The setting in the middle of an unassuming neighborhood is fantastic. The recent renovations only made this place better. Heck, there’s even a museum in the stadium, dedicated to the program’s history. Hard to beat it.
1. Granite Bowl (Elbert County)
Approaching its 60th birthday, it’s one of the loudest and perhaps the most unique stadium in Georgia. It’s built directly into an old ravine that once sat between the school and the Elbert County courthouse, made with 100,000 tons of blue granite. They can cram 15,000 people in this behemoth, and the crowd noise seems to reverberate around the granite. Adding to the history, the scoreboard was the old Sanford Stadium scoreboard they used prior to the bowl being closed. You have to see a game here if you love high school football.
And now it’s time for you to tell us how wrong we are. We want to hear it. What’s your favorite stadium? Why should your favorite school be on this list? What makes their stadium the best? What would you do with 100,000 tons of granite? Let us know in the comments here or on Twitter at @ajcprepsports.