This Is the End Zone of a High School Football Field

Redditor HasNoPotato is a high school football referee. He posted this photo and wrote "this is what I have to deal with."

It's the field of the former football stadium of Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio. When the stadium was built, it was wedged into an area just a smidgen too small. One corner of the field goes up a hill. When the stadium was demolished last year, WCPO reported on the quirky field:

School officials said more than one long field goal ended up on somebody’s front porch over the years. And the field's unusual end zone that curves uphill has put more than a couple players’ backsides on the turf.

When the community built the school in the mid-1920s, the field was wedged next door and they didn't have enough room to make the field without the awkward end zone obstacle.

The novelty elements earned the field nicknames like, "The Big Surprise," "The Terrace" and "The Secret Weapon."

Probably the most colorful moniker used over the years was “Gotcha.”

More than one Taylor touchdown connection developed because a Yellowjacket knew the oddly placed hill was there and the defendant didn’t. Gotcha.

-via Super Punch


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Maybe this reply wasn't for my comment as I don't see it as germane to my point... but... Yeah, so dig out the entire sloped area back to the road/parking lot edge shown on the left until it is level with the rest of the field, place a retaining wall under just about where the railing on the left is shown up to the road/lot level, problem solved. What it comes down to is it was cheaper to just paint lines on the hill rather than do any construction. I'm pretty sure the sudden uptick in the grade is no more/less dangerous than a wall about 6' back from the endzone corner.
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Well it IS in North Bend, OH. I, for one, applaud them for a touching homage to their hometown by bending, what I have to assume is the north end zone!
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If I am reading the perspective correctly, that corner is five feet higher than the field. This allows a receiver to stand that much higher than a defender, a distinct advantage.
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