PORT NECHES, Texas — Over the past few weeks Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine has held a contest to find the very best high school football stadium in the entire state of Texas. After six rounds of victories, Port Neches-Groves Indian Stadium ,also known as "The Reservation," has come out on top.
PNG head football coach and athletic director Brandon Faircloth believes voters got it right.
"I'm very partial obviously, but I do think we have the greatest stadium and greatest atmosphere in the state of Texas. Every Friday night if you come to a game at The Reservation you're definitely coming to see some pageantry, and see a great game and see people involved. It's a credit to everybody out there that the atmosphere we have at PNG.
Along the way, The Reservation was able to top challenges from Texarkana, Corpus Christi, Temple, Denison, Longview and finally Sanderson.
Eagle Stadium in Sanderson, which has earned its nickname of "The Pit" for its location in the middle of the desert, received plenty of support from West Texas and the entire 6-man community. In all, over 18,000 votes were cast in the championship round.
"That's what you would expect. I'm sure people in Southeast Texas rallied behind us you know. You know I'm sure our friends here in Southeast Texas voted for us."
So the question now is, what do you do with the title? Faircloth hopes the attention brings in even more fans.
"I would hope it encourages people to come to a game. I mean you can't sit on the home side, it's been sold out for a really long time. Definitely if you want to, catch a game on the visitor side, cause it's definitely a special place and something we work hard every day to uphold."
Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine Stadium Showdown
Port Neches-Groves Trails of Victory
Round 1: Tiger Stadium (Texarkana)
Round 2: Buccaneer Stadium (Corpus Christi)
Sweet 16: Wildcat Stadium (Temple)
Elite 8: Munson Stadium (Denison)
Final 4: Lobo Stadium (Longview)
Championship: Eagle Stadium (Sanderson)