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Official Review by Jason Bartel, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
One of two high schools in the city of Marana, Arizona, Mountain View High School opened its doors in 1986. In 1993, the Mountain Lions football team won the Arizona State Championship.
There are two Mountain View High Schools in the state of Arizona. The other one is located in Mesa, which opened in 1976. Mountain View is the only duplicate name of high schools in the state.
Marana is a farming town located just north of Tucson along I-10. Mountain View High School is located on the east side of Marana, and the nearest high school is Ironwood Ridge in Oro Valley, which is just about two miles away. In-city rival Marana High School is located much farther away to the west.
The most famous athlete to come out of Mountain View Marana is Olympic swimmer Lacey Nymeyer. Nymeyer won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the 4x100m freestyle team. At the University of Arizona, Nymeyer was a part of the 2008 National Championship team. Both the men’s and women’s teams from Arizona won the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships that year. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2009 by the Pac-10 Conference.
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Mountain View offers the generic concessions that you would expect to find at a high school football game including hot dogs, nachos, sodas, Gatorade, and candy, all for anywhere between $1-$5.
The interesting part about the setup at Mountain View Marana is the biggest concession stand is found on the visitor's side of the stadium. Here they have barbeques set up, and the big item here is the pulled pork sandwich, which you can get for $4. I recommend getting it early in the game, because I got mine late in the third quarter and it was a little cold.
Mountain View has that name for a reason. Behind the home stands, there is a perfect view of Mt. Lemmon and the rest of the Catalina Mountains. Behind the visiting stands, you have a view of the mountains off in the distance, with a couple of golf courses right next to the stadium. Either way you have a nice view before the sun goes down.
The home sideline is on the east side, which is where the only entrance is located. To get to the visitor side, a walkway goes around the track. The lone scoreboard is located relatively far away from the field at the south end. The bleachers are mostly metal, but there are some wood bleachers on the visiting side as well. Bring a seat cushion with you.
The Pride of Mountain View Marching Band provides the music during the game, along with the visiting band if they show up. The Pride of Mountain View is generally a pretty large band for Arizona, so there is a great sound coming from their section, which is located at the south end of the home stands. Before the game, the band stands along the walkway from the parking lot to the entrance gate, playing pump up songs for the fans walking by to get them amped up for the game.
Being located on the far north side of the Tucson area, Mountain View does not have a ton of stuff right around it. Right across the street on the north side is a small shopping center that has a McDonald's, Subway, Safeway, and Nico's Mexican food.
A few miles south of the school is Foothills Mall, which includes a few places to eat and hangout including Thunder Canyon Brewery, Fox and Hound, The Melting Pot, Applebee's, and Outback. Foothills Mall also has an AMC movie theater for extra entertainment.
If you're looking to spend the day in Marana before a Mountain View game on a Friday night, there are a ton of golf courses right around it, including the two next to it. Arthur Pack Desert Golf Course and Crooked Tree Golf Course are right next to the school. The Omni Tucson National Resort is only about a mile away as well.
It may be a product of the large amount of stands on the home side, but the overall turnout by the student section for a big game with the team performing well left a little to be desired. They were not particularly loud or noticeable from the other side of the stadium for the most part.
Mountain View is sort of difficult to get to for most people in Tucson. The school is located along Thornydale, and the easiest way for most of Tucson to get there is to get on River Road, which eventually turns into Thornydale.
Once there, most of the parking areas are located on the north side of the school, and the walkways from them feed directly to the stadium. There is one entrance gate for everyone, so if it is a big game, the line to get into the stadium gets kind of long.
Visiting fans get to their stands by taking a walkway that goes around the track. Most of the facilities are on the home side with the exception of food, so be prepared to go for a little walk if you're looking to use the restroom during the game.
With admission and food being pretty cheap, heading to a Mountain View game is a pretty good value, especially for those who live in the Oro Valley/Marana area where there's maybe not as much to do as there is in the main part of Tucson. Parking is free, and there's enough of it where you should be able to park on campus without any problems.
There are no real extras to a football game here. Just the view of the mountains is enough to earn an extra point, but you lose that once it gets dark.
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7401 N La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85741