Why did the Georgia High School Association order this week's game with McIntosh County Academy moved from their stadium in Darien to the Glynn County Stadium in nearby Brunswick?
GHSA representatives visited the McIntosh County Academy stadium Tuesday morning and determined that the facility did not meet minimum Class A playoff requirements.
We understand there are two major concerns with the present MCA stadium: seating and field condition. Reports indicate the MCA stadium was at least 1,000 seats short of the 2,500 seat requirement. You can see pictures of the visitor stands (as they were during the regular season) at the MCA website. At that photo site, scroll down and look at the Senior Recognition photo and the smaller photo under it. Their visitor seating at that time consisted of four fairly-small units, with capacity less than schools familiar to LC fans like Warren County.
MCA supporters worked to bring in additional seats from neighboring counties, but those were small, short portable units that may not have met regulations.
The other concern is more serious. The officiating crew at last week’s Twiggs-MCA game filed a report to the GHSA indicating the field was “unplayable”. We heard one report that a Twiggs County player apparently broke his leg due to a hole in the playing surface, but that report was contradicted by another indicating the injury was to a shoulder. Unfortunately, the field is mostly sand at this time.
MCA has a new stadium under construction, with grass and stands in place. However, the new facility is currently missing lights, parking areas, and other required elements that could not be provided in time for Friday's quarterfinal game.
The Glynn County Stadium, about 15 miles away, is an excellent facility. On December 4 it will host the Golden Isles Bowl featuring two junior college teams.
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