Bazemore–Hyder Stadium

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Bazemore–Hyder Stadium at Cleveland Field is a stadium in Valdosta, Georgia. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of Valdosta High School. Valdosta State University, winner of the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 2004, 2007, and 2012, also uses Bazemore–Hyder Stadium as a home field. The stadium holds 11,249 people and was opened in 1922. The original name of the stadium was Cleveland Field. The stadium's nickname is "Death Valley."HistoryThe construction of the new Valdosta High School in 1922 soon brought the use of the field next to the school grounds. Play began at the field about 1924. Originally the field contained very little grass and no seating. As time passed a set of wooden bleachers was constructed on the north side of the field and eventually seating constructed on the south side.One side of the wooden bleachers collapsed before a game in 1941. Valdosta High School received its first set of metal stands in 1949 on the south side of the field. Metal seating existed on the north side of the field by 1953.Cleveland FieldCleveland Field is named after the late Dr. A.G. Cleveland who was Superintendent of the Valdosta City School System from 1919 until 1949. Although constructed in 1922, the field was not officially named until 1923.He believed firmly in physical exercise and regularly cut the grass on the grounds of the old Valdosta High building before the days of power mowers. He also regularly rode a bicycle wherever he went. He was a strong supporter of all athletic teams during his 30 years as Superintendent.

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Valdosta, GA
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