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    Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Especially This $60 Million High School Football Stadium

    Just to keep up-to-date on what's important in Texas. It is worth your time to click on the url below and see this monstrosity.

    By Samantha Grossman |

    A view of the press box and home side seating of the nearly completed Allen Eagle Stadium. The $59.6 million dollar, 18,000 seat project was funded from a $119 million bond package approved by voters in 2009.

    Anyone whoâs seen Friday Night Lights knows high school football in Texas is no joke. Itâs particularly not a laughing matter in the Dallas suburb of Allen, which just spent $60 million on a lavish new stadium for its high school football team.

    When residents decided the previous 14-000-seat stadium wasnât large enough, they approved plans for the new facility in 2009, NBC DFW reports. The Allen Eaglesâ new home contains 18,000 seats, a 75-by-45 foot HD video scoreboard, a weight room and sunken-bowl design. The press room and private boxes rival those of college stadiums. Itâs quite an upgrade from the old facility â one that didnât even have built-in bathrooms.

    But donât go calling Guinness just yet: Eagle Stadium is only the third-largest high school arena in the state, though it is the largest one used exclusively by a single team. The Allen Eagles consistently rank among Texasâ top 10 football teams, having clinched the state championship in 2008 and notching up a cumulative record of 88-15 over the past eight seasons, according to MaxPreps.

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    âWe just have to [be] blessed and humble and not take it for granted,â incoming senior and defensive back Michael Jacob told NBC. He said the team doesnât feel additional pressure to perform well, but theyâre excited to take the field on their new turf. Christian Herr, an architect who worked on the project, said he predicts other districts will get competitive once their teams play in Allen and want to build giant, lavish stadiums as well. The schoolâs athletic director, Steve Williams expects around 8,000 season ticket holders. But the new facility isnât all about football, Williams told NBC. Itâs also home to areas for wrestling and indoor golf.

    Inevitably, though, a majority of the attention will focus on the lush, expansive field when the Allen Eagles step onto it for the first time on August 31.

    — Samantha Grossman
    Time News Feed


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