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I really can only go by the ones I have visited and from that field I would say West Orange, you could see they put alot of money into that facility, new turf field, cameras and sideline televisions for the players and coaches to review plays. I would not put it up there with IMG, but it is the nicest I have personally seen.

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I am quite partial, but there is nothing like Bryant Stadium (Lakeland) that I have seen around Florida. Not the most advanced stadium, but they have made many upgrades (turf, jumbotron) over the past 10 years while still keeping the historic feel to it. The stadium hits 75 years this upcoming season.

 

The big question is.......what does the city plan to do with it. They have started selling off many of their properties, including 90 year old Henley Field (Baseball stadium right next door to Bryant Stadium). So, many long-time Dreadnaught fans are a little nervous about what the future holds.

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well if the stadium is kept in good maintance then i dont see any reason they would get rid of it, we have a historic stadium here as well, (memorial stadium) been around i think since 30s or 40s, it was the stadium pat summerall played at so its still standing and we used it up to the 94' season, then we moved to a on site campus (Tiger Stadium) and have played there ever since so since 95' bout to play season number 21 in tiger stadium this year so should be fun

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well if the stadium is kept in good maintance then i dont see any reason they would get rid of it, we have a historic stadium here as well, (memorial stadium) been around i think since 30s or 40s, it was the stadium pat summerall played at so its still standing and we used it up to the 94' season, then we moved to a on site campus (Tiger Stadium) and have played there ever since so since 95' bout to play season number 21 in tiger stadium this year so should be fun

 

Unfortunately, it's all about the $$$. The city doesn't want to put any money into the stadium (most upgrades have been paid for by neighboring Lakeland Hospital or the LHS Booster Club). If the city looks to sell, the price will likely be in the range that the school board cannot afford. Although, then they would have to build a new stadium for Lakeland anyway. The on-campus stadium is really just a practice field with limited stands and parking.

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I've always thought Aquinas should increase seating to around 6,000. Just me though. There is a program in North Carolina called Cherokee and they have some amazing facilities! Nothing like Allen or these big schools, but man they are nice. They are a 1A school in the mountains of NC. 

Here is the link: http://carolinapreps.com/teams/frontend/teampage/getStadiumDetails/5

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STA - I've gone through parts of that gallery. Some nice places in NC. 

 

Asheville and Reynolds are pretty nice, IMO. 

 

I'd imagine Mallard and Charlotte Catholic have nice places. 

I'm actually very heavily involved with Charlotte Catholic. We've upgraded the stadium since those pictures were taken. Much better now! 

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Lakeland is the by far the best environment and facility I have ever been to in Florida. From the fire engine escort, the bell, the cannons, the checkerboard end zones, the fans standing in the end zone bleachers heckling the visiting team as they warm up, packed loud crowds and those orange and black jerseys its hard not to get pumped up for a game there. Small town football at its best.

 

Columbia is one of the best small town stadiums I have been to in North Florida. The band playing Eye of the Tiger, the fans are loud and usually huge, the 25 second clock is unique too. The dual press boxes are a blessing for all media. Although I did have one bad encounter there I wont hold it against them forever.

 

St. Augustine is the typical small town atmosphere, I love going to Foots Brumley Stadium. The crowd is always packed and always into the cheerleaders and band and dance team which always do an outstanding job keeping the crowd in the game. The Yellow Jacket mascot always keeps my daughter entertained lol which is helpful to me..

 

Clay and Palatka are very similar to St. Augustine also with the community getting into the games and for the most part support. Although lately Palatka isn't what it once was in the 90s.           

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We also got a new scoreboard this year and added banners to both the scoreboard and the fieldhouse, we have also added a horn and flags next to endzone as well as a new field design, the technology is also gotten amazing, endzone cameras and robotics team also made a t shirt cannon and a drone so we just keep upgrading it

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