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Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville football almost moved home from City Park
The Gainesville High Red Elephants began playing at City Park Stadium in 1916, but a plan for a new ballpark in 1970 next to the school was nixed by voters.
Can you imagine the Gainesville High School Red Elephants playing home football games any place other than City Park? That’s where games have been played since 1916, when the park and field were completed. The city had bought the 50-acre tract from the Banks estate for $1,000 in 1886, but football games were played wherever they could find level ground, including a field in Chattahoochee Park at the end of Riverside Drive.