Dallas suburb invests $60 million in high school football stadium
Everything's bigger in Texas, including its football stadiums. While sports are a large part of the lifestyle of many Lone Star State residents, those who check out some of the homes for sale in Dallas may notice that this city enjoys its pigskin, which is reflected in its local sports venues.
For example, Cowboys Stadium is located in Arlington and has a seating capacity of 80,000 people for regular-season games. However, this stadium hosted 108,713 fans when it hosted the NBA All-Star Game on February 14, 2010.
Arlington officials provided $325 million in funds to help build Cowboys Stadium, and the total cost of construction was $1.15 billion. This concert and sports venue opened on May 29, 2009, and has hosted a slew of football games and musical performances over the past three years.
A Dallas suburb sees potential in high school football
Officials in Allen, Texas, have decided to make a similar investment in its local football program. According to the Star Tribune, this Dallas suburb will open a $60 million football stadium on September 21, 2012. The stadium will be the home to the Eagles, the football team at Allen High School.
"There will be kids that come through here that will be able to play on a field that only a few people will ever get the chance to play in," Wes Bishop, head of the local booster club, told the news source.
Fans who attend Allen High School home games can enjoy the luxury amenities and features available, including a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen. The stadium boasts 18,000 seats and a towering upper deck for high school football enthusiasts to watch local action.
In 2009, roughly 63 percent of Allen voters supported a $119 million bond package to fund the stadium.
"Our intention is not to recoup the money it cost to build the stadium," Tim Carroll, a spokesperson with the local school district, told the news outlet. "It's not practical to say we'll get that money back. [But] the revenue we receive from the stadium will far exceed the cost of operating it."
Carroll said he anticipates the stadium will help the local economy by hosting high school playoff games and other events. Additionally, the school has sold six sponsorships that will bring in roughly $35,000 annually, which could also help the district.