Rival Texas high schools spend more than $60 million on new stadiums

Everyone knows Texas is big on its high school football — there’s even a whole series dedicated to just that. But there are two rival schools that have taken it to another level.

An artist’s rendition of the planned football stadium in McKinney, Tex. Credit McKinney Independent School District

An artist’s rendition of the planned football stadium in McKinney, Tex. Credit McKinney Independent School District

Allen High School, home of the Eagles, is the proud owner of a $60-million stadium complete with a high-definition video screen, a three-tier press box and a capacity of 18,000 seats that nearly matches the Staples Center. Could a high school football stadium really be any bigger?

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Yes. The answer in Texas is always yes. The LA Times reports that Allen’s neighboring school district in McKinney has plans to outdo the Eagles’ stadium with a nearly $70-million one. It will be outfitted with a 55-foot-wide, high-def video screen, an artificial grass field, seating for 12,000 and an adjacent 500-seat event center.

To read more on how McKinney is funding the stadium and what students have to say about it, click here.

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