Oklahoma City-area high school football stadium rankings: No. 10, Tuttle
TUTTLE — Today we kick off our series on the Top 10 high school football stadiums in the Oklahoma City area.
These rankings were produced by Ryan Aber and I, and are based on facilities, uniqueness and home-field advantage.
We will unveil the next stadium on this blog every Tuesday, culminating with our pick as the best high school football stadium in the city area on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
No. 10 on the list is Tuttle’s Bill Hinkle Field at Tigers Stadium.
Why it’s on the list: There are few high school football programs in Oklahoma with Tuttle’s consistency. Coach Phil Koons is entering his 19th season as head coach, and he won state championships in 2001 and 2005 to go with his career 180-41 record.
Jason White, the 2003 Heisman Trophy winner, played his prep football on Bill Hinkle Field.
Some of the Tigers’ success can be attributed to the incredible support they get from the Tuttle community. Friday nights in Tuttle aren’t quite like anything else.
The stadium may not be the fanciest around, but the small-town feel is what ultimately lands it on our list. That feeling comes from the rabid fan support and the stadium’s centralized location in Tuttle.
Named after: Bill Hinkle, Tuttle High School’s former maintenance director. Hinkle loved the field so much that he continued working on it several years after he retired. He died July 10, 2000 at the age of 74, and the field was named after him before the start of the 2000 football season.
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