Outside the Huddle finished profiling on Thursday which 10 area football stadiums it feels are the best in northeast Indiana. We wanted to recognize a few of the locales that just missed the cut.
Last year was proof that when DeKalb has a competitive and fun football team, the community comes out in droves to support them.
There is plenty of seating on the home side of the field and the playing surface is well maintained. Getting a spot on the visiting side can be a challenge in big games. The low-key rural setting adds some charm on a Friday night.
It was big time when the Tigers’ football program got turf on their field, one of the first in the area to get it.
Tucked away behind the high school surrounded by open land, Bluffton is a shining example of what you can have when your school system prioritizes athletics as a big resource for its student body.
Calm down. Everyone dogs the playing surface at Zollner Stadium, but what do you expect when two programs (used) to call it home?
Fact is, Zollner Stadium has the most history of any football facility in the area, dating back to the 40s and 50s. A significant rebuild in the early 2000s upgraded the facility.
Seating is plentiful on both sides of the field and the location, while not endearing, puts spectators near countless eatery and retail options.
CHARGER FIELD AT WEST NOBLE
A well-manicured grass field and an electric atmosphere on Friday nights makes this location in Ligonier one of the more underappreciated spots in the area.
During last year’s 10-victory campaign, Charger Field was at its best, with big crowds, a very good team and a great setting for some phenomenal small-town prep football.
STARFIRE FIELD AT SOUTH ADAMS
From slapping the rock entering the field to looking up at the legions of South Adams faithful every Friday night, the Starfires have a lot of memories to look back on once they are done with their playing careers.
The ongoing success of South Adams on the gridiron has made Friday football a community staple in Berne. The sense of family is intoxicating.
MAX GANDY FIELD AT COLUMBIA CITY
The final varsity football game has already been played at Max Gandy Field, with the Eagles moving into their new digs on the campus of the new Columbia City High School for the 2020 campaign.
The facility has no bells and whistles, but it is a comforting place to watch a football game. The community comes together to watch the Eagles in droves, adding to the environment that is full of traditions surrounding the program.