The Tulsa World’s Mike Brown, Barry Lewis and Bill Haisten rank their favorite Oklahoma high school football stadiums:
1, Union’s Union-Tuttle Stadium: Former Superintendent Wesley Jarman’s brainstorm was ahead of its time in 1976, when curious people drove by to gawk as the large, concrete grandstands rose out of what was then a near-prairie. Today, with its $35 million facelift, it is once again a showplace.
2, Memorial’s LaFortune Stadium 3, Bixby’s Lee Snider Field 4, Collinsville’s Sallee Field 5, Berryhill’s Berryhill Stadium
Texas honorable mention: Pennington Field in Hurst. It’s the comfortable home stadium of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District teams and a popular neutral-site venue for neighboring Metroplex schools. There is ample press box seating for a medium-sized college football game.
1, Union’s Union-Tuttle Stadium: It set the standard for area high schools when the original stadium opened in 1976 and the new stadium on that site does the same. It’s great now and will be a showplace when it’s finished. I knew when I saw the plans that it would be impressive, but it is better than I imagined — somewhat the same feeling when I first saw ONEOK Field.
2, Stillwater’s Pioneer Stadium
3, Wagoner’s W.L. Odom Field 4, Holland Hall’s Hardesty Field 5, Broken Arrow’s Memorial Stadium
Texas honorable mention: Norma and Lamar Hunt Family Stadium in Dallas, on the campus of St. Mark’s School of Texas. A nice setting with a lot of trees. It’s cool to be in a high school stadium that was donated by the Hunt family and carries the name of the legendary Kansas City Chiefs owner/AFL founder, Lamar Hunt, who came up with the name of “Super Bowl.”
1, Union’s Union-Tuttle Stadium. It was a state-of-the-art facility when built in 1976, and now clearly is the most beautiful and most impressively outfitted high school stadium in Oklahoma. The most dazzling
of the stadium’s new features might be the massive strength-and-conditioning facility, positioned below the double-deck seats on the west side.
2, Clinton’s Tornado Bowl 3, Guthrie’s Jelsma Stadium 4, Jenks’ Allan Trimble Stadium
5, El Reno’s Memorial Stadium
Texas honorable mention: Bulldog Stadium in Borger. While it’s modest in size and design, this was the venue in which, at the age of 8, I first witnessed live football. I don’t remember the Borger opponent or the game’s outcome, but I have a vivid memory of the Bulldogs’ red uniforms, the beautiful green of the natural-grass surface and the sounds of the band and the fans. I was hooked on football forever.