What's Your Best Memory of Harris Field?

The former home of the Warriors was torn down Tuesday and Wednesday.

The bleachers left years ago.

The .

The goalposts and press box were gone Wednesday.

The memories, though, will never go away.

The lights remained standing Wednesday, and are due for repositioning with new fields planned. But all the other structures were taken down—most of the scraps hauled away.

One employee said the "Home of the Warriors" sign that adorned the press box was claimed Tuesday afternoon by a former Warriors athlete.

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The old Harris Field may no longer exist, but it will live on in the memories of the athletes, parents, fans, coaches, cheerleaders and band members who called it home for years.

The field was replaced by in the mid-2000s. The new field was at the beginning of the .

The old Harris Field hosted playoff games, rec sports, homecoming celebrations, band performances, senior games and civic gatherings. The bleachers were the foundation for family memories, senior photos and young relationships.

The field itself—knocked by most as a subpar surface—carried future NFL players, state champions, college soccer stars and record-breaking performances.

Few residents can say they never attended an event at the old field.

How about you?

TELL US: How will you remember Harris Field? Was there one moment—or a series of moments—that you'll always recall? Leave a comment.

Amanda Shaffer February 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
My husband and son went out Sunday afternoon to kick field goals. Riley wonders if he kicked the very last field goal on Harris Field?
Timothy Foy February 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Back in 1973 a friend, Peter Von Hansen and myself shimmied ourselves up the goal post in search of Guineas World Book of records quest. We sat perched like birds for four days with coverage from all three TV stations, The News American, Baltimore Sun, Aegis, and The Record. Food was being donated by many of the local eateries not only for us, but our support staff as well. For those four days we felt like celebrities. Much to our dismay we never made the book, since there was no category for goal post setting we were grouped into flagpole setting and fell way short of the mark. None the less I learned a great deal about myself and how the community comes together in support of the Gracians.
Joe Ray February 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Playing pickup football there on Thanksgiving with family and friends, soccer under the lights in high school, peewee football games on Saturdays in the 80's.
Sean Welsh February 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Amanda — very possible. I thought about going down to shoot video of a few last field goal attempts, but the posts were down when I got there Wednesday morning.
Sean Welsh February 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Tim — I remember hearing this legend while in high school. Could you shoot me an email: sean.welsh@patch.com ... I'd like to revisit that story! -Sean
Brad February 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
REPOST: I am lucky to have a multitude of great memories on Harris Field in three different roles. My first memories are of my Grandmother Cheryl Eberhardt taking me to games of the great Warrior football teams of the 80’s before I was even old enough to understand what football was, but I knew that where I was, was special. Ten years later I am in high school myself, playing for Tom Marron with 17 players on the team and winning 8 games a year. Memories from this time include moving our home game against Joppatowne because of the sink hole that opened up in the middle of the field due to a rotted out pipe leading to Huber and losing to Southern Garrett in the state playoffs 28-20, in a battle of two diametrically opposed football teams. After, College I returned to Harris Field for what many deemed the Game of the year in 2003 as Havre de Grace played Aberdeen for the UCBAC Championship. This time I was wearing blue and gold as an assistant on the AHS Eagles. The game was absolutely packed with people and AHS won on the way to a State Championship. The field holds many more memories than just these, including two a days in the summer, football with friends in the winter and even baseball practice when it was too wet anywhere else
Mary Olivier February 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I remember shouting the Warriors on to victory at their games as a cheerleader in the late sixties--the field seemed huge back then.
Otto Schmidlap February 17, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I remember when it had the coolest name of any athletic venue in the county...Tomahawk Field.
FASHIONRB February 17, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I remember cheering in the stands on cold winter nights as a 1976 graduate. But most memory is my brother Novell Jackson breaking all kinds of records on that cold hard field, good times, good times.
Bill Lawson February 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The real question that everyone is afraid to ask. Four days without a bathroom? How did you poop up there?
Carlette February 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
My most memorable moment was when we played the powder puff game on that field. That year the Juniors clearly beat the Seniors, but tradition allowed them to win. "86 " Rocks!!!! Haha!!!!
Bobbi Zachry February 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
There are so many memories on that field but I will say that during my cheerleading times of 90-93 I had the opportunity to cheer on the football team to many great victories. As well as dodging football players as they came full force towards you on the sideline. We didn't have any seperation from the field. That was good times being up close to the action.
Peter Hansen July 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Peter Hansen said don't remember 4 days! Our support was your sister and Bobby Gaul!


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