Westminster Christian School Football Field (map it)
6855 SW 152 St
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Year Opened: 1973
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Official Review by Chris Green, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Westminster Christian School athletic department has been home to some of the biggest athletes in all of sports (Alex Rodriguez played baseball at the school) and has seen vast successes in almost every athletic category. When visiting the campus in Miami, it is easy to feel the history all around you. Unfortunately, the football “stadium” for the Warriors, one of the most consistently victorious teams in South Florida high school football, is lacking in that big-time shine. The field may have been revamped in 2012 with new grass and a level playing field, but it still lacks that special something.
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The food options are limited. It is high school, after all, and not a professional sports venue. Most football games have a small trailer that is set up as a concession stand. Here, hot dogs, burgers, candy, and beverages can be purchased by fans for a low price (you certainly won't get a burger and coke for less than $5 at a Dolphins game any time soon). When football games coincide with a volleyball match in the gym, a second concession stand is just a short walk away from the bleachers.
What Westminster has for a football stadium is meager, which comes as a surprise to some fans, given the team's past successes. A single large grandstand sits on the south side of the field, while a small bleacher just a few rows deep sits on the north side (primarily for the band and or cheer squads from visiting teams). In the main bleachers, some of the seats on the eastern side have a partial view, thanks to the backstop for the adjacent softball and baseball fields. Additionally, the field does not have lights, so all of Westminster's games are played in the day with 4pm start times, meaning brutally hot days under the unrelenting Miami sun.
That said, the backdrop could not be more South Florida. Westminster Christian's football field is bordered to the north by a protected nature preserve, showcasing South Florida's pine rockland habitat.
Westminster Christian is located right in the middle of one of the nicest areas of South Florida. Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest are what some refer to as the outer edges of Miami's upscale Coral Gables and Coconut Grove neighborhoods. The houses are big, properly maintained, and the cars usually fancy. The people who live there are also generally kind and welcoming, a rarity in Miami. One can definitely feel relaxed in the area and not worry too much about something happening.
Westminster Christian's fans are pretty passionate. They have their own chants and taunts for opponents, and the most loyal in the student section keep the cheering going all game long, regardless of the score. Parents are usually pretty well behaved, too, making for a very family friendly experience.
Getting to Westminster Christian School requires either a knowledge of the area or a GPS with solid directions. The campus is almost to the far eastern shores of South Florida, situated less than a mile from the coast. This means driving there from US 1 or the Florida Turnpike will require maneuvering your way through neighborhood streets if you aren't familiar with the area. Lodging is scarce in the immediate vicinity of the school. You will have to travel to where US 1 and the Turnpike meet, a good 10-15 min drive, not including traffic, to find a hotel for you to stay.
Since the investment of a ticket to a high school football game at Westminster Christian is usually pretty low, getting a solid return is equally as simple. Provided you are prepared for the weather if it is hot or begins to rain, the Warriors always put on a good show with plenty of young talent, making for an interesting game, on most occasions.
Inside of the school'a gymnasium is a sports shrine and hall of fame, showing off the graduated Warriors from Westminster's past that have succeeded both on a high school and a professional level.
Another nice thing is the football field's proximity to the school's other athletic fields. Baseball, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, soccer, basketball, track, lacrosse, and volleyball all play their respective sports within a short walking distance of the football field.
The Westminster Christian football program has a long history of success. Seeing them play on their home field has its downsides, but one can expect an interesting putting nonetheless from the Warriors, making for a decent experience. Located in a nice area of Miami, Westminster Christian School is a diamond in the rough, waiting for its time to shine.
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