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Daniel Boyette
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Posted - 11/08/2018 :  10:00:31  Show Profile  Visit Daniel Boyette's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good Hope at St. John Paul II has been moved from Discovery Middle in Madison to Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville.

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svmounties
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Posted - 11/10/2018 :  03:20:18  Show Profile  Visit svmounties's Homepage  Reply with Quote
https://twitter.com/DailyMtEagle/status/1060619232612773888


Due to poor field conditions at Mortimer Jordan, the Class 5A playoff game between Dora and Mortimer Jordan was played at Dora.

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svmounties
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Posted - 11/15/2018 :  13:37:30  Show Profile  Visit svmounties's Homepage  Reply with Quote
https://www.al.com/sports/2018/11/alabama-hs-playoff-game-moved-to-neutral-site.html


Mortimer Jordan's second-round home game against East Limestone has been moved to Clay-Chalkville High because of unplayable field conditions.

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spartan91
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Posted - 11/18/2018 :  14:09:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few states such as Texas have neutral sites for all games after the 2nd round. I would love to see this in Alabama, at least in the bigger classifications. Imagine this week.
Lee vs. C-Phenix City at Troy St.
Hoover vs. Thompson at Legion Field
Opelika vs. Saraland at Crampton Bowl
Wetumka vs. Spanish Fort at Memorial Stadium in Selma
Homewood vs. Pinson Valley at the Hoover Met.
Clay-Chalkville vs. Oxford at Lawson Field
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tidefan102
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Posted - 11/19/2018 :  07:47:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hope Alabama never does this. I think this would be a disaster. It would make everyone have to travel and add to the expense of going to the games. Terrible idea in my opinion.

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GiglnTiger
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Posted - 11/19/2018 :  12:01:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Mike. Smaller schools from 4A and down would be burdened by it.

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spartan91
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Posted - 12/02/2018 :  10:07:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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tidefan102
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Posted - 12/03/2018 :  07:49:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think this is a terrible idea. They are trying to ruin the playoffs. Legion Field is a terrible place to watch a football game now. I hope this never happens.

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TheMUBM
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Posted - 12/05/2018 :  15:56:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wouldn't mind neutral sites 3rd round and beyond, but not in the sense of what you're saying. I'd say find a field that is not in use somewhere near equal distance between the two schools. If they can use that field then good.

Some people might not like it, but it would cut down on travel for a lot of teams. The host team (or school) may not like it, but it could get them some extra money, if a deal were struck for that host facility to receive a portion of gate and a portion of concessions.

For instance, Brooks and North Jackson have played many times in the playoffs. Some in Killen, some in Stevenson. Those are a good distance apart. So say they met in the third round, Huntsville would be pretty close to halfway for both. Have it at the Huntsville City Field, or if you wanted to be true to exactly halfway, have it at Grissom High School (I think they play their games on school grounds, forgive me if I am wrong.)

I realize it isn't a perfect plan, but it beats the idea of teams having to travel 3 rounds great distances. Deshler this year made it to the ship. Could you imagine had they had to travel say to Birmingham for the first two rounds and now Auburn? What a burden.

Edited by - TheMUBM on 12/05/2018 15:58:53
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tidefan102
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Posted - 12/07/2018 :  05:16:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hate this idea.

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TheMUBM
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Posted - 12/07/2018 :  08:37:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am not saying it is perfect, but if an initiative for "neutral site games" was ever passed, I like it a whole hell of a lot more than just picking a big stadium, regardless of location, to host the game. And it sure beats the hell out of driving to Stevenson, Odenville, Fayette and Munford. Driving 2 1/2 to 3 hours for each game beyond second round is an absolute nightmare waiting to happen.

This was all under the assumption that a neutral site initiative was passed.

So lets say Brooks and NJHS play in the third round. What's easier and less stress on the teams and fans? Both teams and fans drive a little over an hour to play in Huntsville or both teams drive 2 1/2 hours plus to play in Birmingham?

I think the current system works ok, but if a neutral site is wanted, then I'd much prefer it my way.
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tidefan102
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Posted - 12/07/2018 :  09:16:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In 2015 Piedmont traveled to Leighton to play Colbert County in the semi finals. It was a standing room only crowd. The end zones were even full. The noise level was out of this world. You would never get this at JSU or Troy even though those are much smaller stadiums than Auburn or Alabama. Both teams fed off of the big crowd. I was never a fan of playing at Legion Field, Jordon Hare or Bryant Denney. Crampton Bowl would be a great stadium to host the Super 7 games. It's a very nice 25,000 seat stadium.

Mike Naugher
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Wetzel222
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Posted - 12/07/2018 :  09:58:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
@tidefan, Veterans memorial stadium at Troy is bigger than the Cramton Bowl, not sure what your logic is on that one.
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TheMUBM
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Posted - 12/07/2018 :  16:19:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think that was his point, that the luster and intimacy of high school football is lost when you put it in these massive stadiums that these teams couldn't get close to filling.
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tidefan102
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Posted - 12/08/2018 :  07:27:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is my point exactly. We had a very nice crowd in Auburn Thursday but both sides were lost in the massive stadium. Playing on a college campus on a school day is hectic to say the least. Parking is a nightmare. Auburn and Alabama do as good a job as they can with parking and bussing the fans to the stadium. I have to have assistance to get around and riding a bus in out of the question for me. I have to arrive early so I can get one of the few handicap parking close to the stadium.

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tidefan102
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Posted - 12/08/2018 :  07:27:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is my point exactly. We had a very nice crowd in Auburn Thursday but both sides were lost in the massive stadium. Playing on a college campus on a school day is hectic to say the least. Parking is a nightmare. Auburn and Alabama do as good a job as they can with parking and bussing the fans to the stadium. I have to have assistance to get around and riding a bus in out of the question for me. I have to arrive early so I can get one of the few handicap parking close to the stadium.

Mike Naugher
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Wetzel222
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Posted - 12/08/2018 :  10:10:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh okay! That makes more sense. Thanks for explanation. I would not mind seeing them played in Montgomery or maybe even Alabama A&M sometime.
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