Old Football Stadium Gets New Look

Demolition and renovation of historic Northcutt Stadium and French Johnson Field, home of the Marietta Blue Devils, began last Wednesday here in Marietta, Georgia. The stadium was built in 1940. One of the wise decisions made by the Board of Education (before my joining them) is to keep the field grass. Playing on grass is, in my opinion, an essential part of the game. As is playing outdoors. I love my Atlanta Falcons, but I’m no fan of the dome or artificial turf. The renovations, which are planned to be completed by the end of July 2015, include additional seating (from 5,263 seats to 6,088), a widened football field, new concession stands, bathrooms and lighting.  According to Marietta’s athletic director Paul Hall, the construction won’t interfere with football practice or games because the team practices at the high school, and it’s first two games of the 2015 season are scheduled as away games “just in case.”

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