For the past six years or so, I have spent much of my Friday nights in the fall at local high school football stadiums. Some of them are small, some are big. Some are new, some are old. Some are well maintained, some are not. You get the point. What I'm trying to say is that I have been to dozens of local stadiums over the years.
So with that in mind, I have decided to share with you my favorite local stadiums. This is not a top ten list or anything like that, so I have put them in alphabetical order.
I would love to know what everyone else thinks? Where are your favorite high school stadiums to go to in the area? Let me know what you think in the comments section.
Black Cat Field - The home of the Mexia football team looks a bit like an old fashioned horse track. The home side is covered, giving the stadium a very unique look. Too many fields are boring, "cookie-cutter" layouts. So kudos to Mexia for bucking the trend a bit.
Bulldawg Stadium - Copperas Cove's football stadium is a great place to watch a game. It's big, but it's still intimate. The fans feel like they are right on top of the field.
Legion Stadium - This place just oozes history. It's been around for close to one hundred years, and it has seen plenty of powerful Bulldog teams play on its turf. It may not be the prettiest stadium to look at, but it has a certain amount of charm to it.
Leo Buckley Stadium - Leo Buckley went through a serious renovation about six years ago. It helped make the Killeen facility one of the best athletic complexes in Central Texas. It can seat thousands of fans, and it has a big time press box.
Pirate Stadium - The home of the Crawford Pirates is by no means big. It maybe seats 1000 people. Heck, most of the fans seem to stand around the fence that surrounds the stadium. What makes this field so impressive is its surroundings. It's right in the middle of a park, and it's surrounded by hundreds of beautiful trees. I think this is the prettiest setting for football in the area.
Waco ISD Stadium - This stadium is more than just the home of Waco High and University. It's the home of plenty of playoff games each fall. And for good reason. This is a GREAT stadium. There is plenty of room for fans on both sides. It also includes great locker rooms and a wonderful pressbox. Plus, the video board is a nice touch.
Wildcat Stadium - I always enjoy covering a game at this Temple stadium. But the excitement level goes up a notch when Wildcat Stadium hosts a Temple/Belton matchup. Fans arrive hours early to tailgate, and the stands are sure to be packed with over ten-thousand fans. This is a wonderful venue.