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Official Review by Josh Rubin, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The home of the Franklin High School Indians football team resides in Reisterstown, Maryland and is the home of the 2013 Maryland Class 3A state football champions. Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium consists of a turf field that accommodates football, soccer, and lacrosse, in addition to a newly renovated track around the perimeter of the field.
The stadium was named for a physician who practiced next door to the school for more than 40 years.
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Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium has one food and drink stand, which is operated by the school's athletic boosters. The food stand surprisingly has a wide variety of food and drink items that are available. From burgers, to hot dogs, and sodas to hot chocolate, there is no shortage of food or drinks. During the colder games, the stand even features Ramen Noodles for sale. Everything at the stand is reasonably priced as well. For about $3.50 you can buy most of the items on the menu.
McWilliams Stadium delivers a typical high school atmosphere, including the cheerleaders and the marching band that each will occasionally perform halftime shows. The student section is usually packed to capacity, with students, faculty, parents, and the occasional college recruiter all gathered around the track to catch a glimpse of the game.
Apart from the usual atmosphere at a high school football game, Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium delivers nothing extraordinary, but provides an overall enjoyable atmosphere.
The major flaw of Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium is the neighborhood and area surrounding the stadium. It is after all, a high school, so just a parking lot and tennis court surround the stadium. However, that is not the real problem. The issue resides in the local area around the stadium itself. This may have to do with the fact that the last time I visited Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium, a massive brawl broke out which could only be contained by multiple policemen.
Perhaps it is only during big games in which this stadium has issues, but the issue nevertheless exists.
The majority of the fans that attend Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium are parents, alumni, and students. This combination makes for an exciting and passionate fan base willing to root on their Indians to another state championship. Throughout the game, the fans are involved in the game, chanting and yelling in support of their team.
The access to Clarence E. McWilliams stadium is extremely low hassle, as there is available parking at the school, as well as at surrounding businesses. The restroom access is also very accessible, as there are multiple bathrooms outside at the stadium, which have no lines whatsoever.
For $3 you can watch exciting Friday night lights football, and see the Franklin Indians take on their opponent. The Indians usually display a ton of Division-I level talent on their roster, making for an extremely skilled and fun team to watch every Friday.
Apart from hosting the 2013 Maryland Class 3A State Champions, Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium features women's and men's soccer and lacrosse games weekly during their respective seasons.
This stadium has its ups and downs, but it's the intense passion and talent displayed on the field that keeps fans coming back every Friday. At Clarence E. McWilliams Stadium, you have an opportunity to watch future Division I athletes make a name for themselves as they display their teamwork to achieve their goals.
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