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The journey has taken me to every high
ONE AFTERNOON WHILE MY WIFE and I were traveling through Eastern North Carolina, we drove past D.H. Conley High School and I thought to
myself, “Let’s get out and take some photos of
What seemed like a simple task of taking a
few photos from the various angles of the stadi-
um turned into an obsession. In the seven years
that have followed, I have traveled over 100,000
miles to every county, and every corner of North
Carolina, in an attempt to photograph every high
school football stadium in the state.
school, nearly every small town on the map, and
has given me lots of stories about the experi-
ences of a specific stadium or school.
I’ve encountered locked gates, snakes and,
in a few cases, concerned law enforcement officers asking what I was doing. But through it all,
the project has been a very enjoyable experience that really took a life of its own.
The most interesting aspect of the Stadium
Project is the popularity it has achieved. As I check
the monthly statistics at CarolinaPreps.com,
I’m usually surprised if any other facet of the
website comes close in traffic numbers to the
Of course, the most interesting part of running the Stadium Project is the questions from
fans. I’m always being asked about my favorite
stadiums, the best stadiums and what makes a
stadium better than the rest. So, here is my high
school football stadium honor roll for 2014.
Top- 5 favorite Stadiums:
1ASHEVILLE MEMORIAL STADIUM (ASHEVILLE): It doesn’t get any better
than this – the bowl-shaped stadium, the
artificial turf, historical Asheville High School
in the background, the view of the mountains
in the south end zone. This is hands down the
best stadium in North Carolina.
2KANNAPOLIS MEMORIAL STADIUM (A.L. BROWN): This isn’t
the biggest or the best stadium in the state,
but it feels like Wrigley Field when you walk into
to the magnificent facility. Throw in Plummer’s
Perch with its neon signs and pyrotechnics and
this makes for a great Friday night experience.
3KEFFER STADIUM (CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC): This is one of the smallest
stadiums in North Carolina, but when you
jam 4,000 screaming fans into the place it
4LEGION STADIUM (WALLACE- ROSE HILL): If Kannapolis Memorial
Stadium is the Wrigley Field of North Carolina
high school football, Legion Stadium is the
Fenway Park. The fans are literally right on
top of the action, which makes for an intense
environment on Friday nights.
5C.E. WEATHERBY STADIUM (TUSCOLA) AND PISGAH
MEMORIAL STADIUM (PISGAH): Yes, it
might be cheating by having a tie between these
two identical stadiums, but both locations should
be on the bucket list of every high school football
fan in the state. These stadiums are among the
best in the state, not only because of their large
stature, but because of the rowdy fans that fill
them and the electricity that comes from attending games there. By virtue of not having a track,
fans are literally on top of the field and when you
add 12,000-plus screaming fans, it becomes a
high school football fanatic’s dream.
There you have it; my Top- 5 favorite stadiums.
You can check them all out at CarolinaPreps.com
and click on the Stadium Project tab.
Build It and
They Will Come
Project Documents North Carolina
High School Football Stadiums
BY CHRIS HUGHES
Pisgah Memorial Stadium
C. E. Weatherby Stadium
Kannapolis Memorial Stadium