Outside the Huddle is profiling which 10 area football stadiums it feels are the best around as we count down the days until (hopefully) the start of football season in August.
Each facility will be rated on four factors – game night atmosphere, design, amenities and team success, as well as testimonials from the opposition and the enigmatic Blitz himself.
No. 10 Luersfield
First season: 1980
Playing surface: Grass
Named for: The school, duh
SCORE BREAKDOWN (1 – lowest; 5 – highest)
Game night atmosphere: 3.5
You would think a program with 11 state football championships would hit you over the head with it, but Bishop Luers doesn’t do that – which could be a positive or a negative depending on how you look at it.
Attending Bishop Luers football games is generational, where families of both the same surname and same Luers graduating class gather on Fridays and check out not just the latest Knights on the gridiron, but also get caught up on what’s new in the school community.
The band is small but energetic, similar to the student section.
There is something about the quaintness of Luersfield that makes it altogether intimidating. From the dull lighting of the field to the sounds of the Lafayette Street traffic whizzing by, playing at Bishop Luers is just…different.
A relatively-new scoreboard adds to the Friday night experience, although even it is simple in comparison to newer and fancier examples elsewhere.
Luersfield rocks the retro look and feel.
Nothing special here, which fits the entire asthetic of Luersfield. The concession stand highlights the staples, and there are always groans from the opponent when the available visitors grandstand is filled up relatively quickly.
Natural grass turns into natural mud/dirt in the later half of the season, particularly between the hashes and the 30-yard lines. We all have memories of watching Bishop Luers teams battle for regional or semistate titles on a not-so-pristine field with the Knights at home.
Team Success: 4
Bishop Luers has won 15 semistate championships as a program. Of those, seven have been secured at Luersfield in mid-November. Factor in numerous sectional and regional titles as well, and many opposing players and coaches have memories of magical seasons being ended by the Knights adjacent to Lafayette Street.
The fact that Bishop Luers has been such a perennial power yet plays at such a mundane facility adds to its charm. There is nothing high-tech, dazzling or intimidating about Luersfield. It is just…there. Yet it houses one of the most storied football programs in the state.
That in itself makes it quite the intimidation tool.
TOTAL SCORE: 13
Bishop Luers coach/former player Kyle Lindsay: It was built by Luers fathers in 1980 and has been maintained by Luers dads ever since.
Northrop coach/former player Jason Doerffler: Bishop Luers is always a tough place to play because they always have a tough team.
Secondly, there’s always that long walk from out of the locker room to the field. It seems like you’re maneuvering through the parking lot and tailgaters, students, everyone. It’s unique in that sense.
The playing surface has improved greatly the past few years. When I played, it always seemed to be wet and the grass was real long. But when we visited last year it was in great shape.
Luersfield (not Luers Field) opened in 1980 and has housed every single state champion in school history, with the first coming in 1985. While not as sexy or gleaming as some of the other facilities around, Blitz feels cozy at Bishop Luers, a feeling he doesn’t get much anywhere else. You can feel the history without being smacked in the face with it. Luersfield commands respect, just as the program itself does.
COMING WEDNESDAY: No. 9