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Official Review by Jason Bartel, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Buena High School opened its doors in the spring of 1992, and is the only high school in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Sierra Vista is most known for its military base, Fort Huachuca. Most of the students that attend Buena have parents that are in the military.
The city itself is in an isolated part of southeast Arizona. The area around Sierra Vista is very picturesque, and makes for a great backdrop on Friday nights. With the general turnover in the town, no football tradition is really able to be established. The team struggles year in and year out, but that doesn’t stop the locals from coming out to support their Colts.
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The stadium has a concession stand on both the home and visitor sides. Those concession stands offer Pepsi products, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, candy, Gatorade and water, all for either $2 or $3. There is a combo deal that fans can take advantage of, where you can get a hot dog or hamburger, chips, and a drink for $5. The food is a pretty good value for what you get.
The scenery around Buena High School, especially at sunset, sets this place apart from some of the other Southern Arizona high schools. There are mountains in all four directions, and when the sun dips below the desert horizon, the sky lights up in all kinds of reds, oranges, yellows, and pinks. It's really great.
There is one entrance, which is on the south side of the stadium, closest to the main school buildings and the parking lot. The home side is to your left, and the visiting side is on the right when walking in. The home side has metal bleachers and concrete seating along the bottom, while the away side just has metal bleachers, so bring a seat cushion if you have it. The stadium has one scoreboard, which is located behind the north end zone.
The Buena Colts Marching Band is always a pretty big band, and puts out a great sound whenever playing in the stands or on the field. Most of the music during the game comes from the band, which is definitely how it should be. The Buena fight song is the Notre Dame fight song, but at the end, the chant is "Go Big Blue." So that's an interesting mix of ND and Michigan in the same fight song.
There's absolutely nothing in the immediate area, but just a couple miles away is the main business district in Sierra Vista. Along Highway 90 and Highway 92 you'll find all the major fast food chains, along with things like Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, and Outback Steakhouse.
Also, there are a lot of hotels in the area for those fans who are coming in from out of town.
Buena draws a decent amount of fans for a school that's not ever good at football. The fans are into it, even when the team's getting blown out, which is cool to see from a high school. Also, the new tradition sweeping Southern Arizona is after the fourth quarter, the students from both schools shine their flashlights from their phones at the opposing fans.
There's plenty of parking, and plenty of room to sit once you're at the high school. Sierra Vista is just a little bit isolated in general, with only two little state highways feeding to it from I-10. To get to the school, you'll want to get off at Charleston on Highway 90.
There is only one bathroom, and it is located by the entrance gate. When getting into the stadium, a line starts building up, and at halftime, the bathroom area is jam-packed.
With food being so cheap, it's worth it if you're in Sierra Vista to head out to a Buena game. Although the Colts themselves aren't good, some of the best teams in the state make the trip to Sierra Vista every year, so maybe you'll see some potential college stars in the making.
The extra here is the giant Colt statue at the entrance. It's pretty impressive, and impossible to miss when you're walking into the stadium.
It's kind of cool that Buena is the only school in Sierra Vista, so it gives a place for everyone in the area to go on a Friday night. Imagine if they ever got really good at football. This place would be rocking each and every week.
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